I know that a classic martini is made with gin but I've heard that nowadays it's okay to ask for one with vodka and still call it a martini if it is served with olives. Thoughts?
I've also gotten in a big fight with a local NYC bartender for making my extra dry martini with extra vermouth because the vermouth bottle said "extra dry". He seemed to be convinced he was right based on his years of experience making them that way. I'm certain he was wrong. I've also run into this problem when I was traveling to small towns on business and had to eat at Applebee's or TGIFs. I suppose it was my mistake to order a martini in places like that anyway. Anybody?