The vodka martini has usurped the traditional gin martini like a tall, well-dressed, tuxedoed man saving the world from imminent doom. The gin martini is a beloved drink of the past. It is as outdated as prohibition and a distinct throwback to the jazz age and the darkened speakeasy's of the 1930s. Goodbye flappers, bobbed haircuts, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda. Drinking can be extremely nostalgic, and the gin martini uniquely satisfies that nostalgic and romantic craving like Proust's madeleine cakes. Is there anything more romantic than ordering a gin martini at lunch in a classic, mahogany paneled, New York City hotel bar? It may be romantic, but it has no place in everyday reality. The reality is simple: that type of classic mixology is for the old timers in Fedora hats, according to some people.
This is the 21st century. Times and tastes have changed dramatically. Classic drinks needed to be re-mastered, updated and improved upon. The vodka martini rose to prominence in the late 20th century, and since that time it has experienced many variations and offshoots. How was the vodka martini able to replace the once grand and untouchable gin martini as America's favorite cocktail? Two simple words explain it all: James Bond.
The sleek, suave and debonair super-spy became the ultimate spokesman for the vodka martini. From the pages of Ian Fleming's novels to the glamorous cinematic espionage of the 1960s films, James Bond made the vodka martini what it is today. By sauntering up to a bar in a foreign land and ordering a vodka martini, shaken not stirred, James Bond forever changed how we thought about the martini. Gin was no longer a viable option. It was no longer cool. We needed our cocktails mixed and matched just like the impeccable and mysterious Sean Connery mixed his. No advertisement or glossy billboard could have caused such a profound cultural shift in our drinking habits.
Vodka Martini Ingredients
2 oz (approx 60 ml) of your favorite vodka
1/8 oz (approx 5 ml or 1 teaspoon) Dry Vermouth
1 green olive
a twist of lemon peel
ice as you wish
Vodka Martini Directions
In a cocktail shaker, pour the Vodka and Dry Vermouth.
Strain and pour into a frosted martini glass.
Drop the olive into the martini.
Finish by arranging a twist of lemon peel on the rim of the glass.
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