Not a “fruity drink” kind of person and looking for a classic? Obviously I do a lot of girlie “martinis” on this blog (that’s cuz I like ’em!) but I thought it was about time I posted what I typically make for the man in the house, a Classic Martini. My husband prefers Bombay Sapphire Gin but feel free to substitute your favorite gin, or vodka if you’re not a gin drinker.
While this might not be the exact way to make a classic martini, it’s the way I make them around here. The ratio of gin to vermouth seems to vary from recipe to recipe. Then there’s the debate over shaken or stirred. In the end, it all comes down to how YOU like it. This is my husband’s all time favorite drink and the way he likes them so that’s what I’m sharing with you today.
My husband likes his martinis “up and dirty”, shaken well, with 3 olives, preferably stuffed with anchovies. Truth be told, he’d take 6 olives if nobody was looking. It’s like an appetizer in the glass for him! Today I got all fancy and made my own anchovy stuffed olives. Usually I buy a jar of them but sometimes they’re hard to find and stuffing your own are really much better tasting (according to my husband). I prefer my olives stuffed with blue cheese so I stuffed a few with a really great blue cheese. They’re so good, and I think better than what you can get from a jar.
For me, I’m not much of a gin drinker, so if I’m having a straight up martini it has to be with a good vodka…my favorites at the moment being Bootlegger 21, Ketel One and Hangar One. Hummm? What’s with the number one that I like so much? Again, use your favorite because that’s what you’ll be tasting in this drink!
So whether you like your Classic Martini with gin or vodka, shaken or stirred, try stuffing your own olives and make your martinis extra special tonight! Tell me, are you a classic martini type of person or a “fruity” martini person?
- 1.5 shots Gin (Bombay Sapphire)
- .5 shot extra dry vermouth
- 1 tsp. olive brine (opt. if you want a "dirty" martini)
- 3 anchovy stuffed olives or 3 blue cheese stuffed olives*
- In shaker filled half full with ice, combine gin, vermouth and olive brine. Shake well and strain into chilled martini glass.
- Garnish with olives.