The Martini, possibly the most famous of gin cocktails, is an emblem of style and sophistication. It can also generate many a lively disussion about its origins, though none are possible to verify. It is also a cocktail which has transformed over time. The right proportions of gin and vermouth and the perfect Martini recipe can be fiercely debated.
Further popularised by Hollywood and James Bond, the fascination with this classic drink has been cemented in history. For further reading, Imbibe by David Wondrich, includes a 6-page appendix on the Martini.
The key to a great Martini is to pour quality ingredients. This is not a cocktail where you want to skimp because there are only two ingredients and, if one is inferior, it will bring down the entire drink. With each gin brand boasting a unique botanical lineup, you can experiment and make your own bespoke Martini combinations to find your favourite.