Cocktails: The perfect martini?
Arguments about how to make a martini may never end, said M. Carrie Allan in The Washington Post. Author Robert Simonson sampled hundreds while writing his excellent new book, The Martini Cocktail, though, and he’s arrived at a worthy personal ideal. Note the proportion of vermouth. While many martini drinkers of the recent past favored minimal vermouth, and today’s cocktail connoisseurs often insist on a 50/50 split, Simonson’s ‘My martini’ recipe calls for quotients that are solidly in between:
Combine 2¼ oz gin, ¾ oz Dolin dry vermouth, and 1 dash orange bitters in a mixing glass filled with ice and stir until very cold, about 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Express lemon twist over the surface of the drink and drop it into the glass. ■