At some point in my life, I acquired a taste for martini’s.  Not just any martini but a most delicious and delightful martini.  There are differences if you’ve never had one.  Always ask for a “delicious and delightful martini” when ordering at the bar!  And at the end of a long work week, a martini is just what I would prescribe.

Back some years ago I found this coffee table book in a store in Virginia Highlands.  I had to get it and I’m so glad I did. What a great read full of historical facts about the martini The Martini Bookfrom it’s inception until today.  It’s quite interesting and I highly recommend it!  I still pick it up and thumb through it sometimes.  In my eyes,you can never learn enough about the drink that is often called, “the first and only real cocktail”.

The recipe below is for what I call a Classic Martini.  For those folks who are martini connoisseurs, including myself, it is a known fact that a true martini is made with Gin.  I just happen to prefer Vodka so if you do like Gin, then rest assured your martinis will be true Classic Martinis.

Or you can try James Bond’s martini, called the “Vesper” and combine both Vodka and Gin.  That recipe is 3 ounces Gin, 1 ounce Vodka,1/2 ounces blond Lillet and a large thinly sliced lemon peel.  Pour the liquid ingredients into an ice filled shaker, shake, and strain into a chilled martini glass. Add the lemon peel and keep your eyes peeled for enemy agents!

Remember, shaken not stirred!!

Live it up and drink it down!

A Classic
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Recipe type: Libations
Serves: 1
  • 1½ ounces Tito's Handmade Vodka
  • ½ ounces Martini and Rossi Vermouth
  • Olives or Lemon Twist
  1. Combine Tito's Homemade Vodka and vermouth in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice. Shake until well chilled, about 15 seconds. Strain into chilled martini glass.
  2. Garnish with olives or lemon twist.


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