Add flavor to martinis by taking out ‘flavors’


The elusive and storied Martinez.

A woman walked into the bar recently and said she had heard we make great martinis. I said we did. She then asked which flavors we had.

Silence.

I told her we really only have martini flavored martinis. She settled on a cosmopolitan.

Yes, there are many ways to flavor the basic cocktail known as a martini and serve it in a cocktail glass, which most people know as a martini glass. But I like to stick to the basics.

The martini, which was originally called the Martinez and had a slightly different recipe, is a classic for the very reason that the two ingredients used to make it — gin and vermouth — taste really good together. It’s a classic because it’s simple yet very sexy. It has become an iconic drink that exudes a certain level of sophistication.

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