How to Serve Martini?
Martini is served exclusively before meals. Vermouth is a dish that awakens the appetite and aids digestion. And the stronger one — Extra Dry — can be served with the main meals of the feast. Well, martini is always served in special martini glasses.
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As for the dishes, there are several options. First of all, these are cocktail glasses with a cone-shaped bowl on a high leg (up to 160 ml) — the so-called «martinki». Perhaps the most common way of serving vermouth is the classic of the genre. It is believed that the long leg does not allow the drink to heat up too quickly from the warmth of the hands — the palm does not touch the cup itself. A pure Martini, if you do not plan to supplement it with juice, can be served in a tall pile with a thick bottom. And the rocks will come in handy for those who prefer vermouth with ice.
And of course, pure vermouth can be served «like in a movie» — with an olive on a skewer or on the bottom of a glass. It does not give any taste to the drink. Unless, olive can be used as a snack. But if you freeze a couple of these, they will slightly cool the vermouth when added.
What do they drink Martini with: dilute or not?
The herbal bouquet of pure vermouth is not to everyone’s taste. Especially when it comes to the «rich» Martini Extra Dry. This is where the «fashion» for mixes of vermouth with soda and various juices comes from. And they turn out to be very tasty if you choose «your» proportions of ingredients.
A universal option for diluting Martini is soda or tonic. Applicable to any type of vermouth from the brand’s line. The mix can even be «sweetened» with some liqueur or syrup to taste.
But with juices there is much more variety. Mixing ratios can also vary. By adding more alcohol, you will leave herbal and spicy sounds in the mix. What juices do Martini drink with? Vanilla Bianco will go well with orange, lemon, pineapple or grapefruit. Intense spicy Rosso can be paired with lemon, cherry and pomegranate juices. Soft Rosato and D’Oro make perfect duets with clarified apple. Vermouth Extra Dry is often combined with pear juice.
To still feel the herbal bouquet in the mix, it is recommended to mix Martini with juice or soda in the following proportion — 2 parts of alcohol and 1 part of a soft drink. But here is a matter of taste — you can experiment with the composition.