Introduction: Classic Martini
Make a classic gin martini at home.
No fru-fru girlie martini with flavors and fruit and vodka. (AACK!)
A martini the way it was meant to be.
Here is the video version for people with attention issues. It's only 1 minute long.
Now, for all the people WITH attention spans, here is the Instructable.
Do you have some comfy pants on?
Step 1: Step 1 Assemble the Tools
-A good quality Gin. If you put it in the freezer and it becomes a block, then it is not good quality.
I use Seagrams gin. There is much better stuff, but it is not bad on a budget.
-Vermouth. Get a nice dry vermouth. Gallo works but it is all I can really find easily. There are better options, but lets not get all snooty over ingredients.
-A nice clean, simple martini glass. Leave the bendy, bubbly, goofy and eccentric ones in the cabinet. Those are for the goofy new fangled martinis that girls like. We are men here, we don't want no stinkin' chocolate in our martini, let alone vodka. (don't get me started)
-Shaker. Use what you have. Not everybody has 15 shakers in their house like me.
Step 2: Step 2 Add Ice to Glass
I use the plain ole big ice cubes you make in your freezer. Add them to a martini glass. If it is already cold it is a bonus.
Step 3: Step 3 Add Vermouth to Glass
Pour the vermouth over the ice cubes. Just use a splash. Maybe a half fingers worth or less.
Step 4: Step 4 Fill the Shaker With Goodness
Fill your shaker with ice. Then pour your clear deliciousness into the shaker.
"How much gin do I use?
It really depends on your shaker size and how much you plan on drinking. I am using a medium sized shaker full of ice and I filled it maybe halfway.
Step 5: Step 5 Shake Shake Shake...
Shake shake shake.
I wrap a towel around the shaker since I will be shaking it for about 2 minutes. The metal gets really cold and frosty and will get you from shaking it long enough. Especially if your fingers go numb and fall off.
Remember kids, protect your fingers from cold stuff when making dad a martini.
Step 6: Step 6 Remember That Vermouth?
Take that vermouth in the ice cubed glass....
dump it out.
yes....dump it out.
Spin the glass a bit so the vermouth kind of coats the glass, almost like a vermouthy glaze.
Give it a few flicks so there is very little vermouth at all in the glass at all.
The less vermouth, the dryer the martini. Some people actually don't use vermouth at all. Most bars will give you about 20 times too much.
Experiment with quantities to find your pleasure zone.
Step 7: Step 7 Pour Your Liquid Smiles Into Your Prepared Glass
Unpop your shaker top and pour that liquid happiness into your freshly made glass. I like it when there are little tiny shards of ice suspended in the drink. You mouth never feels them, but they look cool in the glass for about a minute.
Step 8: Step 8 Enjoy Resonsibly
Now, try out your new found Martini making knowledge and make a few drinks. Be sure to bring a few people who have problems with keeping their clothes on to taste test for you, and you will assuredly have a good time.