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Who among you doesn’t drink or even taste a martini? Well, you’re falling behind my friend. Martini is a well-know drink popularized by western culture. It is said that it was created by a virtual mythology. Because of many legendary historical and fictional figures who favored it. Although the exact origin of this drink is still unknown or who invented it. Recipes are far back as the early 1860. Became the world’s most popular drink ever made.

Martini has become an Icon for cocktails. No bars in this world who doesn’t offer martini. It is the nightlife of most Northern Americans. You can enjoy your martini with some garnished add on like an olive for example. Or mixing up with some chocolate, lemon drop, healthy fruit etc.

Martini appears in some book novels and movies. Take for example the famous Ian Flemings’ James Bond novel and films. Where James bond like to drink his dry martini to be shaken not stirred.

Many recipes are available in the Internet. You can browse and check the entire recipe and make your own martini drink at the comfort of your home. You can even serve it when you have a small gathering with friends or with your family.

If you want to taste the excite feeling of martini, I guess you should need to be familiar of what kind of martini you are looking for.

Towards purist, a martini is always about gin and never about vodka. A martini with vodka as its soul is called a vodkatini. Furthermore, even a martini crafted from gin but “tarnished” with flavors or possibly a different type of garnish is not really considered a pure or traditional martini.

A martini is considered a plain, exposed and honest drink. It can be acceptable for a martini being garnished with a lemon peel or a skewered olive with a pick.

When olive juice is added to the naked martini, it is said to be a dirty martini.

Dry out vermouth is preferred to accompany gin in the martini. Dry out vermouth, generally known as French vermouth, is known for a pale gold color and a touch of sugar. It really is the transforming ingredient in the martini.

There are two other types of vermouth: sweet and half-sweet.
Sweet Vermouth, sometimes referred to as Italian vermouth, can be white (bianco) or red (rosso). It is three times as sweet as dry vermouth.

Half-sweet vermouth, also referred to as semi-sweet vermouth, is spicy and can also be white or red.
Now, If you are of the newer martini drinking class, you may still prefer your martini with vodka. Vermouth was instituted, as you now know, to cut the edge off of the gin. However, vermouth is not really needed in a vodka martini since vodka lacks as distinctive a taste as gin.