What a great way to kick off the weekend than enjoying one of the many varies of Martinis. On June 19th, shake up some gin and vermouth with ice and add a lemon twist and enjoy National Martini Day.
This adult beverage has grown to become one of the best-known mixed drinks. A traditional or perfect Martini is made with equal parts gin and vermouth. For anyone who has never had a Martini, here is a list of terms to help get you started.
Be a Martini Specialist and know the lingo.
• Dirty – This includes olive brine or juice from the olive jar.
• Dry – The vermouth is decreased significantly in the Martini, and gin becomes the primary spirit. Extra dry tips the ratio even further.
• Gibson – Instead of an olive, bartenders garnish the Martini with a pickled onion.
• Shaken vs. Stirred – Most bartenders will tell you that the better Martini is stirred. Shaken Martinis tend to be inferior due to a couple of reasons – ice chips
water down the drink, and shaking the Martini adds air to the cocktail. A stirred Martini results in a smoother, fuller experience.
• Straight Up – This Martini may be either shaken or stirred, but it is strained and served without ice – the opposite of a Martini on the rocks.
• Smoky or Burnt – Scotch whiskey replaces the vermouth in this Martini. A twist of lemon garnishes the glass.
• Wet – Where the dry Martini has less vermouth, this one has more.
• With a Twist – The bartender adds a thin strip of citrus peel to the Martini as a garnish or in the drink.
Best Place for a Martini in DeKalb County:
• Ellwood’s Steak House – 2291 Sycamore Rd-DeKalb, IL
Best Place for a Martini in Chicago’s Suburbs:
• Durty Nellie’s-180 N. Smith St. Palatine, IL 847-358-9150
Best Place for a Martini in Chicago:
• Club Lucky-1824 W Wabansia Ave- Chi. 773-227-2300