If you follow me on Twitter, you may have noticed my tweets toasting World Martini Day, celebrated every year on June 19th. But do we really need a reason to indulge in a martini? Just thinking out loud here.
Courtesy of Belvedere Vodka, the original and true expression of luxury vodka, I channeled my inner Bond and created a classic dry martini. But for all my savvy and sophistication, I know very little about martini culture – except to only accept one from a stranger at a bar.
(I’ve done the morning-after walk of shame after accepting two – I won’t be repeating that any time soon!)
So, what exactly is a vodka martini? A vodka martini is a cocktail containing unequal portions of vodka and dry vermouth (somewhere in a ratio of about 2:1) served chilled, in a conical stemmed glass, garnished with either a green olive or a lemon twist.
Shaken or stirred? Well, here are the facts. Shaking cools a drink more quickly, but is more likely to chip small shards off the ice, some of which will make their way into the drink, no matter how carefully one strains and pours. Which may be part of the reason why some people prefer their martini stirred. At the end of the day, neither option is better – it’s simply what you prefer.
Though it’s decidedly cooler to say #BelvedereShaken.
What’s the big deal about vodka? Premium vodka, specifically the iconic Belvedere brand, is created exclusively from Polish Dankowskie Rye and quadruple-distilled to create the perfect balance of character and purity. It is completely free of additives and is sourced from purified water from Belvedere’s own artisan wells.
Tell me more! Okay, here’s what you can expect. According to Belvedere, to start, the nose will detect light notes of vanilla, along with the gentle characteristics of the softest cream. The palate will be invigorated with a naturally smooth, rich, velvety texture swaying between sweet and savory – with a hint of black pepper and spice. The long, luxurious finish is simply beautiful, with notes of almond, clotted cream, and faint characteristics of Brazil nut.
I’ll admit it; the dry martini was served to my husband, who appreciates the refined sophistication and pureness on the palette. But I’m a girly girl! Yes, I was the one ordering a Fuzzy Navel at the bar in my early 20’s. (I later graduated to Sex on the Beach and then G&T, but I’ll forever prefer my drinks to taste like candy.) Hence, you can bet that that my martini was more of a Killer Kool-Aid.
Special thanks to Belvedere Vodka for helping us celebrate World Martini Day. So, what are your plans for the weekend? Perhaps they include a martini or two? (If so, I’m only an e-mail away!) Enjoy the summer, friends!