Sep 20, 2012

How to: Make the Ultimate Martini at Home

created at: 04/16/2013

created at: 09/20/2012

You don't find too many recipes that begin with, "First a note about substituting ingredients or tools. Don't. This method has been exhaustively tested and retested for excellence and the smallest variation can result in catastrophic and unintended consequences."

Somehow, that deserves to be respected, and when the blog post is entitled "Perfect" withoutany reference to what's actually inside (the word "martini" doesn't appear in the first four paragraphs)...well, then, this is clearly something to take very, very seriously. 

This is certainly the most specific recipe I've ever seen for a cocktail, but not the most complicated. When I run out of vermouth, I'll be restocking with this guy in mind. I'll let you know how it goes.

Perfect - No room for argument, very little for vermouth [Coudal.com]

And, for an equally careful and worth-the-effort approach to making the perfect Old Fashioned, check out the ManMade how-to here.


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J in MT on Aug 20, 2015:

Couldn't agree more with the above commenters. He did not make a martini. He made a vodka martini that was shaken.  A real martini is made with gin, and stirred.  And olives are only served in odd numbers... never 2!  Coctail onions are served in 2s... but that would be a gibson martini... I digress.

I do enjoy the vodka martini, if it is made with a craft vodka that has some real grain and body to it. 

Duane on Aug 19, 2015:

Okay, a very interesting and succinctly written foray into the absurd - a martini is made with gin, period.

Deigo on Oct 02, 2012:

Also, a "vodka martini" is called a Kangaroo.  Which is silly and also perfect, because nobody should ever order one.  "You know what this martini has too much of?  Taste!"

The only reason a self-respecting imbider should buy vodka is to create homemade tinctures and bitters.  

Jonathan on Sep 21, 2012:

Nope. I've got a problem with this. This is a recipe for a 'Vodka Martini', which is a delicious drink, and much as I appreciate his attention to detail, he overlooks the fact that there is no such thing as a 'Gin Martini'. A 'Martini' is made with gin. Period. There's a strong argument for substituting vodka, but that makes it a <I>vodka</I> martini. Some people substitute other liquors, but that makes it an abomination.

I appreciate the work of a purist, but if he can't recognise the name of the drink he's making, he loses the final 'perfect' point.