Most people who want to try a new drink will order it the next time they go to a bar or restaurant. Me, I buy the bar. Well, almost. I have never had a Martini and for some reason decided I simply must get the accoutrements and make one. (Note to self: Next time, go to a bar and order one first!) OK, buying the shaker and some glasses with my Discover Card Rewards was cheaper than ordering one drink in a bar, so I guess I did OK. And the Boodles Gin will not go to waste in any case. The only questionable item might be the Cinzano Dry Vermouth, but we'll see...
Anyway, I found a few recipes and mixed away (shaken, not stirred) and the first thing I realized is, you either like Gin or you don't!! The second thing I realized is, this is a LOT of booze... when I make a gin and tonic, I use 2oz of gin. The Martini recipe called for 6oz of gin... Since the cocktail glasses are 10oz (and I avoided the 12oz ones), I guess I need either one hell of an olive or this is a really big drink of nearly pure spirits. Aside from questions like which gin to use, whether to use dry or sweet Vermouth, or whether to use olive or orange oil/peel, this is simply too much booze for a single drink, at least for me.
I found this older article on the Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/08/AR2008010801376.html
. I think I agree that the drink lost it's chill and I would rather have had two smaller drinks I could take my time with rather than one large one. I did find some 4.5oz cocktail glasses so I may get them and relegate the current 10oz ones to serving Jell-O.
If you're a Martini drinker, what size do you usually have? I'd also like to hear details on how you make it so I can try different ideas. Thanks guys!