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Traditional Vodka Martini (with grapefruit peel)

For my Traditional Vodka Martini recipe, I have chosen to use a 1:3 ratio of vodka to vermouth as my base for construction. This is a little less Vermouth that the 1:2 ration which is suggested by some; but that is because I want the Belvedere Vodka (which I have chosen to use as the base for this recipe) to shine in the cocktail rather than to be devoured by the Vermouth.

My chosen garnish is a thin strip of grapefruit peel which will add a softer zest than lemon or lime. I find this softer zest works well in a Traditional “Wet” Martini. And although my photograph shows this strip of grapefruit peel left in the cocktail, I will usually remove it after a few sips such that the fruit peel does not add too much zest into the cocktail. (As I sip the cocktail, when I feel the flavour is just right, I remove the peel.)

Martini SAM_1591Traditional Vodka Martini (with grapefruit peel)

3 oz Vodka
1 oz Vermouth
thin coil of grapefruit peel

Add the Vodka and the Vermouth into a metal shaker with ice
Shake until the sides of the shaker are frosted
Double Strain into a chilled martini glass
Add a thin coil of grapefruit peel

Of course, you should enjoy responsibly!

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Note: I want to make a point about Vermouth. Once you open any bottle, it is important that you realize that any aromatized wine has a very short shelf life. This is because the wine will begin to oxidize almost immediately, and after only one short week (even if the bottle is refrigerated) its flavour will have undergone a noticeable and undesirable change. Please use fresh Vermouth whenever you are serving Martini cocktails to your friends.

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