A True Gentleman’s Martini
Gin. Dry Vermouth. Stirred.
No lemon, no olives (only put in martinis to hide the taste of shitty bathtub gin), no buffalo wing sauce, no green apple, whatever the fuck that stuff is anyway… simply elegant.
Martinis are rough, no doubt, but that’s what a cocktail is. Back in the day they didn’t have the access to fresh juice as much as we do now so without juice, it’s up to the liquor to shine.
There are 5 types of gin, all with their own history and flavor profile. Learn them. Expand the palate. Think of them like wine… or better yet, cologne. Gin is made up of botanicals, yes, herbs and flowers and berries so to all you men out there, this is the ace up your sleeve to a woman’s heart, not her pants. Understanding the delicacies of scent makes you more intriguing and sexy, far more than losing a boxing match with a drink. Allow yourself to be open to these delicacies, it is the reason a martini is simple... like a period. A dot ends a statement.
Genever - going Dutch… sort of. Less botanicals and more licorice and juniper berries. Cheers to some fallen soldiers, it’s what they drank before charging spear first into some Red Coats.
London Dry - dry, light, some rose hints, but the reason people don’t like Gin
Plymouth - Like the London Dry but only made in Plymouth, and some citrus notes
Old Tom - This the cool one. Aged, sweeter, full-bodied and some pepper. Also, this is how Tom Cat got it’s name because way, way back there was a wooden cat outside of pubs and people would drop a coin in it’s mouth in order to receive a shot.
New Age/International - The American version… since Gin has to be made in England, this is the same process but elsewhere. These can range in profile, and I highly recommend St. George.
What's left you ask... put on that tux and find out.