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Martini taste-test, anyone?


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Martini taste-test, anyone?

banchory bolo | Oct 15, 2007 05:22 PM

So I'm going to be mixing some martinis for friends soon, and we want to do a taste-test of different martini possibilities. I'm going to get Plymouth as the classic, Platonic ideal of a gin for martinis, and we were thinking of balancing it with Hendricks on the floral side and Junípero on the juniper side.

The Platonic martini would be this:

4 parts Plymouth
1 part vermouth (Vya Extra Dry if I can find it, or Noilly Prat)
*possibly* a dash of orange bitters
stirred until very cold
sprayed with a twist of lemon (but not inserted into the drink)

What recipes would you recommend for the Hendricks and Junípero to bring out their unique qualities? We could try other garnishes, other vermouths, other ratios.

With Hendricks, I like this:

5 parts Hendricks
2 parts Noilly Prat
stirred until very cold
garnished with a slice of cucumber

but was wondering what it would be like with, say, Carpano Antica.

I'm a little unsure of how to mix with the Junípero, which I personally don't like all that much but others do.

Are there other gins you'd suggest to round it out? (Not Old Raj--I'm not spending that much!)


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