Noel Coward said that the ideal martini should be made by “filling a glass with gin then waving it in the general direction of Italy.” Luis Bunuel considered it enough to hold up a glass of gin next to a bottle of vermouth and let a beam of sunlight pass through. And Winston Churchill was said to whisper the word ‘vermouth’ to a freshly poured glass of gin makes a perfect martini.
I’ll be honest. I love me a filthy, dirty martini made with Ciroc (grapes), Grey Goose (wheat), or some other high-quality vodka. (I can’t drink potato-based vodkas, they make me sick.) AND a perfect martini should have only a hint of vermouth if any at all (my opinion.) Speaking of my opinion, one of the best martinis I’ve ever had was in a dive biker bar in the Northern ‘burbs of Chicago where the bartender simply poured some vermouth into a empty martini glass, turned it so the vermouth coated the entire inside of the glass, and then promptly dumped the remainder down the sink. Perfect.
So while some may say this drink does not qualify as a martini, I say this, “An awesome martini does not need vermouth to be awesome.” And if you are a skeptic, regardless of what I call it, try it anyway. It’s delicious!
2 ounces vodka
6 raspberries, plus more for garnish
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
2 tsp sugar
splash of gingerale
In a shaker muddle the 6 raspberries with the sugar and lemon juice.
Add ice and vodka. Shake. Add some gingerale now and a bit more after if needed. Shake.
Rim your glass with some lemon or lime juice and sugar it.
Pour martini into sugared glass.
Add more gingerale if needed.
Garnish with raspberries and a lemon or lime slice.
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