Vodka Martini - Shaken not stirred!  

sandhazard 55M
122 posts
7/22/2005 10:04 pm

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Vodka Martini - Shaken not stirred!

My favorite drink! That's right the good old retro Vodka Martini made popular in the 60s by, you guessed it..."Bond, James Bond", played by Sean Connery.

Of course the Martini has been around for quite some time now. In the 1920s the famous 21 Club the New York speak easy made the Martini with Gin, easier to make then Vodka in the bathtub.

The Martini has a long history and now you can get them in just about every flavor and mix. Did you know that mixers became popular in the twenties to make bathtub booze taste better? It's true, most of your mixed drinks were born during the Falstead Act, 1920s Prohibition.

Here is my personal Martini recipie. If you are a bartender and use my mix then just mail me 25 cents for every Martini you mix.

In a stainless steel shaker drop in corse crushed ice, two long shots of Ketel One or Grey Goose Vodka. Small and I mean small splash of Sweet Vermouth and a even smaller splash of olive juice. Shake vigously and then pour into a crystal Martini glass over two skewered Queen olives, Spanish preferribly. Olives need to be of good quality and FIRM.

One variation I do is if I have good Capers in the house then I will put 4 or 5 in the shaker and it gives the Martini a little change for the discriminating palette.

Come on everybody, let me hear about your Favorite drink! And if you don't drink then give me some of you favorite VIRGIN mixes.

Thanks for sharing gang, and it is always a pleasure to hear from you ALL!


PS the art work is by a good friend Nicole Etienne you can Google her name and see her other fine works of art.

rm_magnet4u22 51F
18406 posts
7/23/2005 7:16 am

So, would that be a "Dirty Martini" with the olive juice?

I like a good ole Gin Fizz.
1/2 oz gin
juice of 1 lime
1-2 tbsp of suguar ( I go low on the sugar!)
carbonated water/club soda S
In shaker drop in crushed ice, gin, sugar and juice. Strain into martini glass and add carbonated water/club soda.

Good summer drink.

And, then there is always the Cosmopolitan....


sandhazard 55M
129 posts
7/23/2005 10:11 am

Yep a Dirty Martini it is. Gin Fizz is a great summer drink.

Thanks so much for dropping by and sharing.


rm_paul8877 46M

7/24/2005 3:41 am

It's not actually called a Martini if A) it doesn't contain Gin It's shaken, all martini's are stirred.

Unfortunately I can't remember the real name for this drink... I do like it by the way!

sandhazard 55M
129 posts
7/24/2005 10:44 am

Hmmm...that's strange, I have eight professional bartending books and everyone of them have both the Gin and Vodka versions called Martinis. Even "21" the club where the Martini was said to be made famous has a mixology book that calls the Gin and Vodka versions both Martinis and they list shaking both versions. The only variation on the name of the Martini that I can find is when you substitute the Olive for a Pearl Onion and a twist of lemon the Martini then becomes a Gibson.

The only mention of a stirred Martini is when a pitcher of Martinis is being made to accomodate a dinner party of 12 or more. It is then suggested, and I am quoting from Mr. Bostons Distillers Guide To Bartending (first printing circa 1935),

"Fill crystal Martini pitcher with cracked(not crushed) ice. Ice should be dry and hard frozen. Measure out exact ingrediants for number of drinks required. Pour in Gin first and let chill (Gin should "smoke" as it settles over the ice). Add dry sweet Vermouth then stir briskly. Pour into long stem pre-chilled cocktail glasses and garnish with skewered olive.

Here are some theroies I found on the internet about the birth the Martini(the name and numbers in parens are the historical references):

The most frequently cited theory is that Jerry Thomas, a famous and influential 19th century bartender, invented the drink at the Occidental Hotel in San Francisco, sometime in the late 1850's or 1860's. As the story goes, a prospector, about to set out on a journey to Martinez, California, put a gold nugget on the bar and asked Thomas to mix him up something special. Thomas produced a drink containing Old Tom gin, vermouth, bitters, and Maraschino, and dubbed it the "Martinez," in honor of the customer's impending journey.

His recipe as published in the 1887 expanded edition of The Bar-tender's Guide is as follows:

Use small bar glass
One dash bitters
Two dashes Maraschino
One wineglass of vermouth
Two small lumps of ice
One pony of Old Tom gin
SHAKE up thoroughly, and strain into a large cocktail glass.
Put a quarter of a slice of lemon in the glass, and serve.
If the guest prefers it very sweet, add two dashes of gum syrup

It should be noted that this recipe did not appear in earlier editions of Thomas's book (even though they were published after he left California for New York), nor did any other bearing the name "Martini" or "Martinez." Further, while there are certain similarities between this and a 20th-century Martini, it would have tasted quite different. Old Tom was a sweetened gin, quite unlike the dry London gin of today, and the vermouth used was most likely the sweet variety. The Maraschino and optional gum syrup would have further sweetened the drink (Conrad 20-22).

Citizens of Martinez, California, seem to favor the theory that the journey took place in the opposite direction: sometime around 1870, a San Francisco miner stopped on his way home at Julio Richelieu's saloon in Martinez, and used a sack of gold nuggets to pay for a bottle of whisky. The miner complained that this wasn't quite enough for the amount of gold he had given, so the bartender made up the difference by mixing up a small drink of gin and vermouth, garnished with an olive. The miner inquired about the drink and was informed that it was "a Martinez cocktail" (Conrad 22).

While the Martini is considered a quintessentially American drink, another plausible theory puts its origins in Europe. A German musician, Johann Paul Aegius Schwartzendorf (1741-1816), emigrated to France in 1758. Acting on a friend's advice, he changed his name to Jean Paul Aegide Martini, at least in part to capitalize on the vogue then enjoyed by Italian composers. According to one biographical account, his favorite drink was a mixture of gin and white wine. Martini's popularity ensured that others would request the same drink, using his name. Some of these French musicians may have emigrated to the United States, bringing the drink they called a Martini with them (Miller and Brown 30-31).

One published account of the drink's origin – that it was invented Martini di Arma di Taggia at the Knickerbocker Hotel in 1910 – is quite problematic since numerous published references to the drink occurred before this date, but it is possible that di Taggia was the first to use dry white vermouth (an essential ingredient in the modern Martini) in place of sweet red vermouth (Conrad 22-23; Miller and Brown 34).

One dubious theory places the drink's origin in Britain, with the name being a sort of homage to the drink's "kick," reminiscent of that of a Martini & Henry rifle, the primary tool of the British infantryman. We may also discount that the drink's name refers to Martini & Rossi vermouth, since this brand was not available in the United States when the first Martini recipes were published (Conrad 24-25).

I tended bar for about 8 years in my younger days and the first theroy is the one I heard the most.


redmartinigirl 44F

8/10/2005 10:30 pm

ah yes, the Martini... my personal favorite *giggle* I tend to go for the sweeter, more "fruu-fruu" versions like the Cosmopolitan or the lemon drop.

my personal Cosmo recipe:

orange liquer
cran-grape juice
splash of fresh lime
(I always make them to taste, so can't give amounts)
shaken with ice and served in a chilled martini glass


sandhazard 55M
129 posts
12/24/2005 10:14 pm

Yummy Martinigirl that sounds great will try that one for sure.


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