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How to Make a Martini
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Martinis for Beginners. You will need:
A martini is meant to be enjoyed cold. In fact, the colder the better. To do this, keep your gin and vodka in the freezer. The liquor will become syrupy, which is exactly what you’re looking for. A little shaking or stirring with ice produces some dilution and makes a great drink. But, be sure to store your Vermouth in the refrigerator, not the freezer. The Vermouth can partially freeze, which is bad.
In addition to chilled spirits, chilled glasses make for a perfect martini. Put your martini glasses in the freezer ahead of time if you know you will be making this luscious beverage. If you didn't plan ahead, chill the glass by adding water and ice to it while mixing your drink. Pour it out before adding your concoction.
Martinis need to be shaken. Shaking allows the ice to mix completely with the liquid, cooling it. Stirring just doesn’t do it.
If you are going to serve a Diamond Martini, the ingredients need to match its name. A cheap, low quality ingredient will leave you and your guests disappointed. Buy good liquors, crisp olives, ripe fruit and quality hardware to make excellent cocktails and put a smile on everybody's face.
Use clean, fresh ice to make your cocktails pure. If you’re using tap water to make your ice, make sure it's high quality, filtered water. Otherwise, purchase ice or make ice from bottled water. Make sure your ice cube trays are clean and when storing your ice, do so in a tightly-sealed container.
Keep your bar tools clean at all times. Wash them between each cocktail. You don’t want the residue of your last martini to come back and haunt you.
The fruit you plan to use for twists and garnish needs to be clean. No one wants fruit that tastes like pesticide residue. If you are using olives as garnish, try rinsing them under water just before you add them to the martini. This prevents any excess, oily olive juice from contaminating your drink.
Aluminum and plastic can add a horrible flavor to your drink. It's well worth it to spend the extra money and buy nice equipment that will last you a long time.
Shaking is fun, but when you’ve been going at it for 10 minutes, all you’re going to end up with is a diluted drink. Shake gently to prevent a watered-down concoction. If you need to dilute your drink, you can shake it vigorously, but this will add bits of ice and cloudiness.
Keep a notebook handy when mixing new drinks. That way you can go back and look up a recipe if necessary.