I generally don't post too many recipes here, but I have one I must share. This is a recipe for a Martini.
The Martini has almost become a drink of just cold Gin with an olive in it. Everyone orders what is now known as a dry Martini. The Dry Martinis are ordered because this is what some celebrities in Hollywood told us to do.
A Dry Martini, strange as it may sound actually means that you don't want very much Dry Vermouth at all. In fact if you just ordered a regular Martini you would probably get a cocktail with 1 part Dry Vermouth to 6 parts Gin or Vodka. This is a far cry from what the original Martini recipe consisted of.
Back in the day, not only did the Martini consist of much larger ratio of Dry Vermouth, but it used a type of Gin called Old Tom Gin. Old Tom Gin is a sweeter variety of Gin that is no longer produced. ...pity So, in my recipe I sweeten up the Gin a bit.
So, the Martini that you will get served in my home is something that I've started calling the Golden Age Martini. So without further ado here it is:
Golden Age Martini
2 parts Gin
.5 part Simple Syrup
1 part Dry Vermouth
3 dashes of Orange Bitters
1 twist of orange or lemon (depending on the mood)
Stir ingredients with ice for 20 seconds and then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add the twist and enjoy!
The name has two different applications. One the Golden Age meaning the pre-prohibition period of cocktails. Second, the golden color of the cocktail due to the Orange Bitters.
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