Let's make Martinis and Manhattans
The root recipe in play for this category is
- 2 oz spirit
- 1 oz vermouth
- Often a dash or two of bitters
- A garnish
For the Manhattan, rye whiskey is the default choice but bourbon is also welcome
- 2 oz rye/bourbon
- 1 oz sweet vermouth
- A dash or three of Angostura or another aromatic bitter
- Garnish with a cherry
For the Martini, London Dry gin is the workhorse you'll find in this bad boy but vodka works too
- 2 oz gin/vodka
- 1 oz dry vermouth
- A dash of orange or another citrus bitters is optional but increasingly common
- Garnishes are what make the martini so iconic and unique. Pick your poison between lemon or lime peel, olives, cocktail onions, brine, and more. Or go all out and add an array of them to your drink.
The Martini is interesting to taste it as it warms.
Note: Do not be afraid to play with the ratio.
- Try the 50:50 variety with either drink: 1.5 oz spirit and 1.5 oz vermouth.
- Invert the drink with 2 oz vermouth and 1 oz spirit.
- While it's not my thing, many die-hards advocate for dialing the gin up and the dry vermouth back (Dale DeGroff's Martini)