Pretend Like You're 007
Shaken, Not Stirred, and a little Dirty
by Dr. Winston O'Boogie II
Simple and Iconic.
If you have ever watched a James Bond movie, you have probably heard him order this famous drink “Shaken, Not Stirred.” The basic Martini is a simple mix of Gin and Dry Vermouth, often garnished with olives or a sliver of lemon peel. The variation in this recipe is called a “Dirty Martini,” because the use of olive juice clouds this normally crystal clear beverage and makes it quite salty.
If you are not a fan of salty drinks, just leave out the olive juice.
Here are a couple other variations:
Gin with a splash of Scotch whisky, stirred and garnished with lemon peel. This is also referred to as a Silverbullet Martini.
The substitution of olive brine in a dirty martini with pickle juice, often garnished with a mini gherkin or dill spear is called a “Dirty Pickle,” “Pickletini” or “Dirty Pickle Martini”.
The “Original” Martinez
The Martini is an American invention, but like all things good or evil, the story is a subject of debate. Rumor has it that this drink was first made for a miner in CA who stuck it big and had one made for him at a bar. He proceeded to order a round for the house and the legend was born. The Martinez is considered by many to be “the great grandfather of the Martini cocktail”
Dash of bitters; 2 dashes maraschino liqueur; 1 pony Old Tom gin; 1 wine glass vermouth; 1/4 slice lemon;
Mix all ingredients, except lemon, in a shaker with cracked ice, stir (not shake), then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Note: Original recipe advised adding two dashes of “gum (sugar) syrup, if the guest prefers it very sweet.”