I sure have missed the Mad Men Cocktail Hours around here…
While doing The 30 Clean challenge is awesome, it is putting a cramp in how creative my cocktails can be.
So, for today, I am posting a recent go-to around our house. I have always loved a good martini, my husband less so. He was usually ordering an extra dirty martini with Bombay Gin if he would order one when we went out. He certainly never drank them at home. And he would make a terrible grimace-face all the way through his first martini.
It turns out that he just needed to learn exactly how he likes a martini made.
The first step was for him to discover Hendrick’s Gin. I have posted about it before, it is so delicate and no too juniper-y and very delicious.
The next step was to get him to back away from the olive juice. Hendrick’s doesn’t deserve to be covered up with olive juice. Save your dirty martinis for when Bombay is the only option.
Finally, my husband had to discover that he really likes the flavor of vermouth. When he used to order martinis he would request little or no vermouth. Those are called Dry Martinis.
In this house, I usually make a Wet Martini. This means that there is more than the standard ratio of Gin:Vermouth. I usually go with a ratio much more common to the 1920s and 1930s, 2:1 Gin to Vermouth. I know! I am sure 70% of you just said “YUCK!” but that’s how I like ’em, so that’s how I drink ’em.
Another common ingredient in martinis back in the “olden days” was orange bitters. Again, I am sure many of you are thinking “Ew, no way, you are nuts.” But try it! I love orange bitters (I used a ton of them in my Old Fashioned Cocktails), but I wanted something slightly more delicate for my Hendrick’s martini.
So, my husband who had always poo-poo’d Martinis asked for a sip of one I made for myself awhile back. And it turns out, he likes them like I like them! He had been ordering his martinis totally incorrectly. Gone is the olive juice! Lots more vermouth! No more olive garnish, a twist instead.
So – if you proclaim to hate martinis (and let’s be clear, I mean made with gin. A vodka martini has no place in this house), try this recipe! Maybe you’ll like it too!
(For the record, I like a dirty martini too. And dry ones. Actually, all gin martinis are good to me. This is just my favorite martini recipe).
And one more note – Hendrick’s Martinis are usually garnished with a cucumber slice and made with much less vermouth. Check out the Hendrick’s website for their recipe, history of the gin, and more fun cocktail ideas.
Combine in shaker:
3 oz. Hendrick’s Gin
1-1.5 oz. Dry Vermouth
5-10 dashes of Orange Flower Water
Stir (don’t shake! ever!) and strain into a martini glass
Garnish with a lemon twist