Dry, extra dry, no vermouth, olive, or twist?
So what exactly is a martini? While its origins are unknown, a martini is classically gin, vermouth, bitters and a twist of lemon. Now it’s common to see a martini made with no vermouth, vodka and an olive. While everyone should enjoy a drink made to whatever specs they like, personally, I like versions with vermouth and here’s why: vermouth, even the dry kind, has just a touch of sugar to balance out its plethora of herbaceous notes. Vermouths are a brilliant blend of fortified wine, herbs and botanicals—think citrus peel, coriander, flower pedals and so much more. When martinis include vermouth and are paired with citrus-based bitters, any martini variation is instantly elevated.