Here’s a quick guide to the different Martini types:
A ‘Wet Martini’ has more vermouth.
A ‘Dry Martini’ has a heavier proportion of gin.
A ‘Naked Martini’ has no vermouth at all – just chilled gin garnished with an olive served in a Martini glass.
A ‘Dirty Martini’ includes some olive brine to make it cloudy – it can be used instead of, or as well as, the vermouth.
A ‘Perfect Martini’ uses a mixture of dry and sweet vermouths.
A ‘Smoky Martini’ would include a splash of Scotch whisky, stirred and decorated with a twist of lemon peel. (We highly recommend Bruichladdich, Port Charlotte, or Octomore for this!)
A ‘Kangaroo’ uses vodka instead of gin.
A ‘Gibson’ you’ll find is garnished with cocktail onion instead of an olive.
James Bond’s martini was a ‘Vesper’ – gin, vodka and vermouth with a twist. And while 007 prefers his shaken not stirred, this is anathema to us! We would always recommend stirred and not shaken, so as not to over-dilute.
If that’s put you in the mood, investigate our collection of The Botanist Martini recipes here >