Many people love gin and are excited about experiencing new martini recipes. Nevertheless, only a few of them have the curiosity of getting to know this beverage and learning how it is produced. Hopefully, this article will succeed to open your eyes and suggest you a variety of flavored combinations that you can try out of this tasty alcoholic beverage
Having its roots deep buried in the early Middle Ages, gin was initially used as herbal medicine. Nowadays, we all know that it represents one of the most famous spirits around the world, distributed in a wide range of flavors, styles and from different origins.
The nearly transparent liquor with a light fragrance, as we all know these days, is made from mashed grains — most likely corn, barley, rye or wheat. The mash is then flavored with juniper berries extract, lemon, coriander, almond, orange peels or even angelica, taken individually. In consequence, only one of these flavors is responsible for the soft, warm taste that fills your palate!
Some of the most popular brands commercialized throughout the world include London Dry, Plymouth, Old Tom, Dutch / Genever or New American Gin. They vary not only because of the grains used in the manufacturing process, but also because of the dominant flavor, average proof, softness or dryness of the palate, the body light and many more. It takes tasting each of them in order to make yourself an idea on which one is more refined or better suits your preferences.
People who were truly committed to experiencing with this alcoholic beverage have promoted, over the time, several ways of serving it. Bartenders call them classic gin with tonic, Tom Collins, Gimlet, Gibson and last but not least, Martini! The amount of gin, the amount of ice, the potential sweeteners and perhaps some other types of alcohol used in the recipe make the difference.
Strictly speaking of martini recipes, the most popular way of doing it is with a shaker half filled with ice. In the shaker, pour 1.5 ounces of vermouth — the dry kind - and 2.5 ounces of gin, and stir well. The content should be poured in a special martini glass garnished with either a lemon twist or a simple olive.
True connoisseurs know that the veritable way to serve a martini involves dry vermouth and gin. Today however, we get to witness a wide variety of martini recipes, based on unimaginable combinations. Some of them only change the flavor agent, including even chocolate or fruits. Others take it to extreme by eliminating the gin out of it and keeping just the special martini glass and perhaps the olive twist — surprisingly, they still claim that they prep a martini! After all, it takes experiencing as many of them in order to determine if you really want to follow the new trends or you prefer to stay with classics.
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