Martini day


World Martini Day is celebrated on the third Saturday of June, so get your glasses chilling.

It’s a Gintastic day to celebrate a GINcredible drink, regardless if you’re a dirty, dry, or wet Martini drinker.

A Martini Cocktail is easy enough to make, to find your personal perfect version takes a little time and a few test runs.

This Martini recipe is a great place to start. Vermouth is the key ingredient that makes it a cocktail, rather than just a Native Gin, or Ruby Grapefruit Spirit (Vodka).

Make your Martini Cocktail by;

Pouring 30ml King Island Distillery Ruby Grapefruit Spirit, or Native Gin

Add dry Vermouth in the chilled Martini glass, (more or less Vermouth to your taste)

Stir for 30 seconds

Optional to add a dash of bitters

Garnish with a lemon twist

Skewer one or three olives on a cocktail pick, or simply drop them in the glass, (plain, or stuffed works). The flavour of the olive will slowly infuse into the drink and add just a little more dimension as it rests. (. It's an old bar tale that an even number of olives is bad luck).

Martini recipe have many variations

What is the best alcohol for a martini?

Ruby Grapefruit Spirit v’s Native Gin. Choose whichever spirit you prefer, both spirits make a GINspirational Martini. 

   The classic choice is Gin, but the 70s trend saw that vodka had supplanted its botanical cousin Becoming the regular spirit in Dirty Martinis. 

   It's thought that the lemon twist is the original martini garnish. The olives may have become an option when vodka was introduced as a gin substitute.

What does a dirty martini up mean?

For those who like cocktails to have a savoury edge, the Dirty Martini is a slightly salty style. 

   The term 'dirty' means that some of the olive brine, usually from the jar of cocktail olives, has been added to the drink. An olive is typically added for garnish.

Why is the glass for a classic martini always chilled?

Chilling glassware is essential with cocktail glasses and other stemware because “up” drinks like martinis are rarely served with ice. 

   Ice cubes in cocktail shaker dilutes the drink.  A chilled glass will keep your ice from melting too quickly. A frosty shot glass can help shots be a little easier to swallow

Does James Bond drink vodka, or gin martinis?

James Bond likes his martinis to be shaken not stirred.   In total, Bond orders 19 vodka martinis and 16 gin martinis throughout Fleming's novels and short stories.

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