Only three Gin Martini cocktail ingredients are what you need to make one of the world’s most popular cocktails and set you apart as a fantastic host. How so? Well, much like white linen napkins and soft candlelight, a perfectly mixed Gin Martini adds a dash of polish and sophistication to just about any occasion.
What is a classic Gin Martini?
Widely renowned as one of the best gin cocktails, the classic Gin Martini is somewhat of a legend. The exact origins of the drink are a little murky, but most variations of the tale feature a miner who struck it lucky and wanted to celebrate with a special drink. Some say it originated in San Francisco, others claim it was in New York at the Knickerbocker Hotel. Whatever the case may be, it first appeared in bartending manuals in 1888, and has only gained in popularity since then.
What are the ingredients of a Gin Martini cocktail?
The best Gin Martini recipes call for three basic ingredients, namely gin, vermouth and a splash of bitters, if you prefer. The gin forms the base of the cocktail, setting a smooth, cool stage for the vermouth and bitters to take a bow. Vermouth itself is subtly sweet and spicy, with a hint of bitterness on the finish, which ties in nicely with the clove and cinnamon that underpins the bold taste of the bitters.
Classic garnish options include a twist of lemon or some green olives. However, if you feel like switching things up, you could always try it with orange or grapefruit peel, or some pickled onions. Yes, really! Called a Gibson cocktail, adding a pickled cocktail onion to your martini brings out a sensory umami undertone that’s not to be missed.