How to Make a Martini
I will be the first to admit that I didn't know about a 'perfect' martini. It wasn't until reading the book 'Boozehound' by Jason Wilson that I found out what the original martini was made of. Around prohibition, the martini was made with gin -it was easy to access since it could be made in a bathtub- and SWEET vermouth. It wasn't until later that people, in America, started to use dry vermouth from France which is where the 'dry martini' came from. In contrast to what people think, 'dry' did not denote less vermouth but instead the type used.
I love history so these types of facts get me all excited! I totally recommend picking up Boozehound. It's really interesting and Jason Wilson does a great job introducing you to new drinks, and old drinks through their history.
Another reason I decided to do the gin martini video next was because of a recent article in The Telegraph that someone sent my way (thanks M). As many may know, gin is made from juniper berries. While many of these trees reside in eastern Europe, there is a disease that is killing -in some cases 60-70%- of juniper trees in the UK.
GIN IS SICK AND IN DANGER PEOPLE!
So as a tribute to our sick friend the juniper tree, here is "How to make a gin martini' just like they did during prohibition! Thanks for getting the US through a dark time against bartending (Jason Wilson has an interesting perspective on this as well btw). Get well soon!