People yearn to taste the perfect martini that has been made by following gin rules. This means that the classic and traditional martini made by adhering to the rules can be considered the best and perfect martini. This cocktail is made with a ratio of 2:1 gin and dry vermouth, in an attractive martini conical-stemmed glass and garnished with olive or lemon twist.
If there is a deviation from the above, many believe that it is not really a martini but just another enjoyable cocktail. This is why drinks that do not stick to the gin rules and original recipes of the martini are considered sweet martini drinks. If there is strict adherence to the gin rules, then the quality of the drink becomes unquestionable. As long as the person making the Martini has all the ingredients he is all set to make you the perfect classic Martini.
However it must be said that fashion and fads have made many deviate from the gin rules and make changes that have brought about many different varieties of the drink. The use of vodka instead of gin in most of the sweet cocktails has culminated in a lot of “Martini drinks” that are fun drinks to be served at parties.
It is a known fact that there have been many variations of the original Martini and recipes have differed in taste down the ages. Thousands of recipes have deviated from the classic gin rules and now purists have demanded that unless the martini is made in the classic way, it should be called by another name.
The original classic and traditional martini gin rules say that the ingredients should include a very high quality London Dry Gin, Dry White Vermouth, plenty of crushed ice that was made using good water, fresh lemon and of course an olive for garnishing the drink.
Gin rules state that if the ice used in the martini is not of good quality and is frost covered or smells of food flavors stored in your freezer, the quality of the Martini will definitely be poor and impaired. If lemon is to be used for garnishing the skin should be stiff, thick and glossy.
Other gin rules when it comes to making the perfect Martini are the perfection of the tools used. These are proper martini glasses, a shaker that should be stainless steel or glass, a paring knife that is sharp and a measure. Aluminum tools should be avoided.
The correct shape of the Martini glass will ensure the best martini. The glass should have a conical shallow bowl that makes one sip rather than gulp down the drink, with a stem that stops one from touching the bowl and transmitting heat to the martini.
Gin rules insist that presentation and style are significant and essential. A four ounce glass is said to be ideal. The strip of lemon peel should be just 1.5 to 2.5 inches long and about 0.25 to 0.75 inches wide. Trim the edges so that it looks tidy. It is important to note that the shaker should be half filled with ice before you pour in the vermouth and gin.