Is vermouth the same as martini?
The Cinzano family began production in 1757 in Turin. Their Bianco product is a sweet, pale vermouth. Martini & Rossi, the top-selling international brand of vermouth, started in 1863 in Turin and produces both dry and sweet vermouths, but is mostly known for its Rosso.
Vermouth is a type of wine that's flavored with botanicals, and can make a martini "dry" or "sweet." A modern martini usually calls for a splash of dry vermouth, which is known for its more bitter and less-sugary taste. A wet martini then is the exact opposite — you want more dry vermouth.
- NB: High tradition dictates that you must use an odd number of olives. One olive is fine; so are three (five is excessive). Using two or four olives is a faux pas. Or, you might try cocktail onions in lieu of olives, in which case your drink is known a Gibson rather than a Martini.
- Part 2 Learn the Lingo
- Order your martini wet, dry, or extra dry.
- Make it dirty.
- Try your martini with a twist or ask for a Gibson.
- Opt for a clean martini.
- Get it on the rocks, neat, or straight up.
- Make it sweet or make it perfect.
- Have the martini naked, shaken, or stirred.
- Pour gin or vodka and vermouth into the chilled glass pitcher or a metal cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes. Either shake or stir until cold (your choice) at least 10 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini cocktail glass. Serve straight up (no ice in the glass).
Straight: Pour all ingredients into mixing glass with ice cubes. Stir well. Strain in chilled martini cocktail glass. The martini is a cocktail made with gin and vermouth, and garnished with an olive or a lemon twist. Over the years, the martini has become one of the best-known mixed alcoholic beverages.
- Place Vodka, Triple Sec, lemon juice and sugar into a cocktail shaker with 4-5 ice cubes and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Run the lemon twist around the edge of the chilled martini glass and dunk in a small amount of sugar for a coated rim. Pour the strained martini into the chilled glasses and serve.
- Ingredients Nutrition
- 1 1⁄2 ounces Godiva original chocolate liqueur.
- 1 1⁄2 ounces Creme de Cacao.
- 1⁄2 ounce vanilla vodka.
- 2 1⁄2 ounces half-and-half.
- chocolate syrup, for rim.
- Fill a glass with ice. Add 1 part Noilly Prat Original Dry to 2 parts Bombay Sapphire or Grey Goose with a dash of orange bitters. Stir for 20 seconds Strain into a classic cocktail glass. Cut the zest of a lemon into a strip, twist it and waft it over the glass and add OR add an olive or two on a stick.
1/2 oz (1 part) Dry vermouth
3 oz (6 parts) Gin
- Essential Martinis You Need to Taste
- Martini - The classic Gin Martini and Dry Martini.
- 50-50 Martini - Equal parts gin and dry vermouth.
- Dirty Martini - Just add a splash of olive juice.
- Gibson - Hold the olives and garnish with a cocktail onion instead.
- Martinez - Use sweet vermouth and add maraschino liqueur.
- Vermouth is a type of wine that's flavored with botanicals, and can make a martini "dry" or "sweet." A wet martini then is the exact opposite — you want more dry vermouth. Historically, martinis were quite wet, with old-school martinis prepared with an almost equal ratio of gin and vermouth.
- Muddle the sugar, basil leaves and lime or lemon juice in a short tumbler. Fill the glass with ice cubes and add the Martini Rosso and stir. Top up with freshly squeezed orange juice and garnish with a slice of orange and some basil.
Updated: 25th November 2019