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National Martini Day: Shaken or Stirred

Dirty, Pornstar, shaken, stirred. What does make the perfect martini? We all know that 007’s favourite is a vesper martini. Shaken, not stirred of course. Far from a simple drink, the versatile martini can contain different spirits, garnishes and mixers. In honour of National martini Day on June 19th, here at Love Hospitality we have put together a guide to ordering the perfect martini.

1.The classic martini is made with gin, so if you are looking for the traditional experience, stick with that. However, if gin isn’t for you, vodka is also an incredibly popular choice. Dry vermouth is then added to give a fuller flavour.

2. Vermouth is the key to how wet or dry a martini will end up. Although many people think that more vermouth will make a martini drier, it is in fact the opposite. A wet martini has more vermouth and a dry one has less. You can also request a perfect martini, which is equal measures of both spirits.

3. A shaken martini is one that is, rather obviously, shaken with ice in a cocktail shaker and then strained into the glass. Stirred on the other hand, will be stirred in the cocktail, producing a slightly smoother, less diluted drink.

4. A dirty martini is perfect for all olive lovers, as this means olive brine is added to give a salty kick. The dirtier you want it, the more brine is added. A gibson comes garnished with a cocktail onion instead of an olive or peel and James Bond’s favourite, the vesper, is made with gin, vodka, Lillet Blanc, and a lemon twist.

The increasingly popular pornstar martini is a game changer for those who like a sweeter cocktail. It consists of vanilla vodka, passionfruit puree, passionfruit Syrup, passionfruit liqueur with half a passionfruit floating in the drink and prosecco served as a shot on the side.

Arguably one of the sexiest cocktails out there, the martini is a timeless drink that can put a sophisticated spin on even the most un-classy of nights. With our tips, get out and celebrate National Martini Day with the perfect martini like 007 himself.