“I've never tasted anything so cool and clean...They make me feel civilized,” wrote Ernest Hemingway, in reference to a Martini in A Farewell to Arms.
And I couldn't agree more.
While I have a penchant for creative cocktails, nothing will ever compare to my love of the classics. From Gimlets to Old Fashioneds to Manhattans to Martinis, I mix them, order them, and drink them regularly. For me, the classics will always and forever be the holy grail of cocktails, so I thought it was time I start giving them the attention they deserve here at Parched.
Beginning with the Martini.
To me, very few cocktails compare to a well-mixed Gin Martini. It's one of my favorite tipples of all time, and a drink that I am very, very picky about. I know how I like them and how I don't, and I have my preferred recipe down to a science.
But there are a million ways to make a Martini!
Gin, Vodka, dry, dirty, olives, a twist, shaken, stirred, up, on the rocks…just like the endless debate as to who actually invented the Martini, the argument continues as to the “right” way to make one. And my opinion on the matter is this: the best Martini is the one that tastes delicious to you, served in the way that you like it best!
For me, it's very specifically the following: a lot of Gin, a lot of Vermouth, and only Castelvetrano olive juice. What about you? How do you take your Martini?