Recipe from Martha Stewart Living magazine, December 2011
Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
4 cups vodka or gin
1/4 cup dry vermouth
Garnish: cocktail olives, caper berries, or cocktail onions
Shake or stir 1/2 cup vodka or gin and 1 1/2 teaspoons vermouth in an ice-filled shaker. Strain into a chilled martini glass, and garnish with olives, caper berries, or onions. Repeat with remaining vodka or gin and vermouth. (Note: for a James Bond version, substitute vodka for the gin to make a vodka martini...skaken, not stirred, of course).
“And when that first martini hits the liver like a silver bullet, there is a sigh of contentment that can be heard in Dubuque.”
William 'Bill' Emerson Jr. (1923-2009)
Incidentally, it turns out that the sophisticated cocktail called a Martini, originally called a Martinez, was named after the unlikely oil refinery town of Martinez, California, also known as the site of John Muir's home and orchards, the county seat of Contra Costa County, on the east side of San Francisco Bay. Here, a bartender created this excellent blend and balance of liquors. The drink became so popular that it soon migrated to San Francisco, where the "ez" in Martinez was dropped an an "i" added, then travelled eastward to New York City where the cocktail was enthusiastically adopted. Some say a bartender in New York City invented it, but no evidence supports that, though the first vodka martini was very likely concocted there.
My farmgirl side came through and saved the day. Ahah! Mason jar martinis? ;) Why not? Gallo vermouth is inexpensive yet passable. The Seagram's gin is also a budget liquor. Mason jars would be in keeping with the economy liquor. I could use smaller jars for glasses, and a large one as a cocktail shaker(shaking mixes ingredients much better than stirring). This is the perfect martini style for the 99%.
Pearl onions were used as a classic garnish. Caper berries or green cocktail olives can also be used. Notice the large Ball "Mason" jar "cocktail shaker" at right; pearl onions are in the small cup.