About this recipe
The martini cocktail has made its mark on both literature and film in myriad ways. Whole books have been devoted to the drink that writer HL Mencken once described as “the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet”. The modern martini cocktail most likely derives from a 1870’s cocktail based on an old style of sweet gin (Old Tom) and sweet vermouth. It came to prominence during the 1920s, became gradually drier between the 1930s and the 1960s, and is still a cocktail hour favourite today.
Despite James Bond's famous request “shaken, not stirred”, most bartenders today stir the martini cocktail. A long stir brings the cocktail down to the required icy temperature without over-diluting it, while the ritual builds anticipation.
The martini cocktail is the ultimate way to enjoy the flavours of your favourite gin or vodka, and the right garnish will enhance both taste and aroma.
The clean, cool finish of Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka accents the crisp, dry flavour and texture of a great martini cocktail, while a lemon twist enhances the fruit freshness of Cîroc. Or try the classic flavour of Tanqueray untainted by any addition but vermouth. Some classical martini cocktail variations are the Vesper martini, as seen in Casino Royale, which includes Gordon's and Smirnoff No. 21, while the Dirty martini benefits from a hit of olive brine that enhances the crisp taste of Ketel One.