[:en]Men, whether you are a fan or not, we know that even just once in your life you have dreamed of wearing a tuxedo, heading with a determined air to the counter of a bar, staring the barman straight in the eyes and ordering with a seductive look a Martini Cocktail, shaken, not stirred. It's true, James Bond in most films does not order the classic Martini but its variant better known as the Vodka Martini, a lucky derivation of perhaps the most iconic cocktail in the world.
Little changes, however, because on "stirred not stirred" unfortunately our James has repeatedly fallen into a mistake that no bartender has ever had the courage to point out to him, after all, who can blame him? The classic Martini Cocktail (or its variant with Vodka) according to the vast majority of bartenders should not be shaken at all but mixed delicately, so that it does not dilute and does not lose the classic transparency that distinguishes it.
This does not mean that, if you wish, you can also take a ride in the shoes of James Bond and his Vodka Martini as he likes it, if obviously you have the courage to brave the wrath of the bartenders!
However, let's get to the history of the Cocktail Martini as it is made from a classic recipe, that is, with Gin (preferably a London Dry) and Vermouth Dry (or Extra Dry).
As with most cocktails that have become famous, the origin of the Martini is also shrouded in mystery and above all in uncertainty. Some consider it a variation of the Martinez of the famous Jerry Thomas, others still place its origin even in California, in the city of Martinez, but these are theories equally confirmed and denied by the uncertainty and impossibility of finding historical sources that agree on the 'subject. The only certain information we have is that he was born around the end of 1800 and that he is a probable descendant of the Manhattan.
Over the years it has become an icon of style and elegance, one of the most drunk cocktails in the most exclusive clubs in the world, loved by famous people and film stars, appreciated continuously from the end of the 1800s to today. Indeed, it is one of the cocktails that can boast more variations (more or less accepted and acceptable) compared to the original recipe: there are in fact more than 100 reinterpretations of the classic Martini, which we remember includes for its preparation
6 cl of gin
1 cl of Vermouth Dry
Garnish: olive or lemon zest
In addition to the quality of the ingredients, it is essential to have a frozen glass, the classic Martini glass of course. Then add the gin and vermouth and mix gently for about 30 seconds with a long spoon.