DigsMagazine.com be the perfect host/ess .

what's for dinner?

take the poll





a home + living guide for the post-college, pre-parenthood, quasi-adult generation


editor's note 

o lounge 
o nourish 
o host

o send an ECARD

submit your ideas

party talk + more. Jump to the discussion boards and talk about etiquette, entertaining, cooking, and more.

copyright ©1999-2000

shaken or stirred ...
a primer for the martini neophyte |
1 2 3
continued from page 2

the martini lingo
wet vs. dry |
If you like a martini with a high proportion of vermouth to gin (or vodka), you like a wet martini. Prefer barely any vermouth at all? You like it dry.
dirty | A dirty martini has a splash of olive brine in it.
smoky | A smoky martini has a splash of scotch.
sweet | A martini mixed with sweet (red) vermouth instead of dry (white) vermouth.
with a twist | If you want your martini garnished with a twist of lemon, instead of the usual olive, you want a martini with a twist.

You can combine the above terms when specifying exactly how you prefer your martini -- e.g. a martini, wet and a little dirty, would have a good amount of vermouth and a little bit of olive juice.

martini recipes
classic martini | The classic 4:1 ratio … combine 3 oz. gin, ¾ oz. dry vermouth in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Garnish with an olive or two.
dry martini | Pour ½ oz. of vermouth into a cocktail glass. Swirl it around to coat, then pour the vermouth in a second glass and repeat. Discard the vermouth. Chill the glasses in the freezer for 10 minutes or so. Add 3 oz. ice-cold gin to each glass. Garnish with olives.
wet martini | 1½ oz. gin, 1½ oz. dry vermouth
perfect martini | 2 oz. gin, ½ oz. dry vermouth, ½ oz. sweet vermouth
sweet martini | 2 ¼ oz. gin, ¾ oz. sweet vermouth
dirty martini | 3 oz. gin, ½ oz. dry vermouth, ½ tsp. olive brine. Garnish with an olive or two.

the martini’s close kin
gibson |
Substitute a green olive with a pickled pearl onion.
buckeye | Substitute a green olive with a black olive.
vodka martini | Substitute the gin with vodka.

the martini’s distant relatives
chocolate martini
french martini
apple martini
peach martini
peppermint martini

check out these related articles: 
8 tools for mixing drinks in style 
a very basic bar 
beyond the basic bar 
crash course in wine 
guide to glassware 

---------------------------> lounge . nourish . host . laze . home .