If the martini is the king of cocktails, then gin is the crown it wears upon its head. This grain-based liquor is flavored with juniper berries, which explains its almost pinecone-like flavor. The name gin comes from the Dutch word for juniper, jenever. Back in the 1650s, a Dutch doctor first distilled it as an elixir for calming the stomach and for stimulating the appetite. Take two martinis and call me in the morning!
Favorite Martini Recipes
It’s simple, really. A whisper of vermouth, some gin, and an olive. But there are many subtle variations on this theme. How much vermouth is appropriate? There is much debate. Some recipes are playfully averse to it, recommending, say, pouring a generous portion of gin into a shaker while a friend stands in the next room waving a vermouth bottle at you. Here are just a few of the more traditional takes on the king of cocktails.
- Dan Fay Martini
- Dirty Blues Martini
- World’s Greatest Martini
- Shaggy’s Perfect Martini
- More Martini Recipes
Other Ginned-Up Favorites
Of course, there’s more to gin than martinis. Consider the gin and tonic. It’s a classic summer drink — so refreshing. But that wasn’t the only reason that the colonial English drank G and T’s in sunny, hot India: quinine in the tonic water kept malaria at bay. And the gin helped the medicine go down in the most delightful way. Here are a few delicious gin-based drinks:
See our collection of Gin Cocktails.
Quick Cocktail-Making Tip: It’s the Ice! The best tasting cocktails use fresh ice made from pure, filtered water. “Fresh” means the cubes haven’t been sitting around for weeks in the freezer soaking up the stale, flavor essences of long-lingering foods. Make it the morning of the day you plan to mix your cocktails, and you’ll enjoy the freshest, most delicious cocktails.
Add a little ring-a-ding-ding to the ol’ dining thing. A porterhouse and a martini made the perfect power lunch–back in, oh, the late 1950s. We think the time is right to bring it back into fashion. P.S. Not advised during the work week.