Gin Martini (with cucumber)
For this Traditional Gin Martini recipe, I have chosen to use a 1:2 ratio of gin to vermouth as my base for construction. I am using London No. 3 Gin which I happen to think is one of the better dry gin’s available here in Alberta. I have also chosen a simple cucumber garnish which compliments the flavour of the cocktail very well.
Gin Martini (with Cucumber garnish)
2 oz No. 3 London Dry Gin
1 oz Stock Vermouth
thin slice of cucumber
Add the gin and vermouth into a large mixing glass with ice
stir for about two minutes until the sides of the glass are very cold
Strain into a chilled martini glass
Add a thin slice of cucumber
Of course, you should enjoy responsibly!
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Note: I have made this point with respect to the Vodka Martini, and it bears repeating with respect to the Gin Martini. Once you open any bottle of vermouth, it is important that you realize that all aromatized wines have a very short shelf life. This is because the wine will begin to oxidize immediately, and after only one short week (even if the bottle is refrigerated) its flavour will have undergone an undesirable change.
I strongly suspect that it is experiences with bad vermouth that have led many people to decrease its volume in the classic martini cocktail, not understanding that the vinegary component they are tasting is not a normal flavour component of good vermouth. Please use fresh vermouth whenever you are serving Martini cocktails.