Friday, November 4, 2011

Friday Libation - Classic Vodka Martini - Master Mixologist Todd Bjurstrom

Straight vodka martinis mean quite a bit to me. They are what my mom and I drink together, my "go-to" drink of choice and it was what initiated conversation between Todd and I leading us to meet. I thought after this long week, tonight is a definite vodka martini night. Perfection is a difficult goal to accomplish thankfully for you, I will share Todd's recipe to help you achieve the goals of all goals: mastering the art of the vodka martini.

Todd's Amazing Martini

What you need:
Martini Glass
Pint Glass
Premium Vodka

Using a chilled glass, pour a small amount of dry vermouth into the glass, swirl it around lightly coating the glass. Fill a pint glass with ice and pour 2 1/2 ounces of vodka (or gin) over the ice. Cap with the cocktail shaker and shake it vigorously. Discard vermouth and place olives in the glass, strain vodka (or gin) over the olives. Enjoy. Sip and repeat as necessary.

Todd's tips: "dry" means little or no vermouth, a "perfect" martini uses dry and sweet vermouth, "dirty" martini has olive juice. Try making a Gibson by following all the above instructions and substituting onions for the olives. Another great tip: store your olives in a mason jar full of vermouth and use those in your martinis.

Great recipe, great tips! Thank you so much Todd. I will vouch that this is an absolutely fantastic martini recipe, trust me, I'm an expert.


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