Perfecting the Serve
Variations of the Classic Martini
A Martini is a thing of uncomplicated beauty. Gin or vodka, vermouth, stirred with ice, strained into a glass, a twist of lemon rind, plop in an olive and it’s done. Elegant. Classic. Enduring. So how did a drink allegedly born in a San Francisco Gold Rush bar earn such a highbrow reputation? Probably thanks to its highbrow drinkers. Movie stars, heads of state, famous writers and their famous characters alike helped raise the Martini from its humble beginnings to an accessory of elite culture. As such, no other cocktail has a reputation for refinement that reflects back so strongly on those who drink it.
Today, mixologists are revamping the Classic Martini to please the palates of a whole new audience of cocktail lovers. There are hundreds of Martini variations, each more exciting than the next. And it goes way beyond just swapping out vodka for a gin Martini or rum for a tequila Martini. Think infused spirits, flavored liqueurs, chocolate drizzles, coffee beans, and even chai tea. Try introducing these memorable Martinis with a twist at your next cocktail soirée.