Ok. So I wrote earlier about the delicious Blueberry Martini. I know, I know. It's not really a martini. It's a cocktail. As is all the other wonderful concoctions you see on the happy hour menu. Frutti-Tutti Martini, Sour Apple Martini, etc. Those are cocktails. Mixed drinks.
A real martini (straight up) is as follows:
Fill shaker with ice.
Pour in some gin, or if you fancy yourself Bond, James Bond you can use vodka.
Take a bottle of Vermouth and show it to the gin. Put it away. Ok, really. If you must, you may put a wee bit in the shaker.
Shake it gently. You don't want a frothy martini.
Pour into a cocktail glass (i.e. a martini glass).
Garnish with a few nice, fat green olives. I like the classic ones stuffed with pimento.
But, as some of you know, I like it dirty. Follow the directions above but add a small glug of green olive juice. Yum. Serve it on the rocks or straight up.
Dirty and straight up. That's me. [har]