When it comes to the Martini - I have conversations that evolve around the purism (is that a word?) of the drink itself. I appreciate the Martini's return to popularity, and can acknowledge this is in large part due to the new twists introduced 7 or 8 years ago like the Apple-tini, the Chocola-tini, etc. A company called Stirrings has made a fortune recently selling mixers to make all sorts of variations - Espresso Martinis, Pear Martinis, Chocolate Peppermintini, and well, you get the picture.
To me, a true Martini is the simplest of drinks, but the steps must be performed exactly right: crushed ice about 3/4ths of the shaker - 3 parts top shelf Vodka (I like Ketel, but can settle for Grey Goose, Belvedere, etc.), 1/2 part dry vermouth. The shaker must be given a vigorous shake - NO LIMP SHAKERS PLEASE - the beverage should be as cold as the ice when done shaking. Pour into a chilled Martini Glass (again, important to have the right glass... no wine glasses or highball glasses... this is a Martini). Add 2-3 Queen olives - enjoy.
I have recently had my Martini snobbery challenged, however, by one who feels that a Gin Martini, is the ONLY pure form of this perfect cocktail. I have tried this, but enjoy the vodka version much more. What are your thoughts? Am I to sulk in the corner at my favorite lounge, feeling as inadequate drinking my Vodka Martini as one would ordering White Zinfandel at Daniel in NYC? Or can I continue to feel among the elite that enjoy a true, pure Martini?