How To Order A Martini At A Bar Like A Pro

A martini is a classic cocktail that has been around for over a century, and its simplicity is what makes it a timeless favorite. It is traditionally made with gin and vermouth, but variations have been made with vodka instead of gin. Here are some tips on how to order a martini to your liking. 

First, decide if you want gin or vodka. Gin is the traditional spirit used in a martini, and it has a distinct flavor from the juniper berries that are used to make it. Vodka, on the other hand, has a more neutral taste and allows the vermouth to be the star of the show. Next, decide how much vermouth you want. Vermouth is a fortified wine that is used as a flavoring agent in a martini. Some people prefer their martini with little to no vermouth, while others prefer a more balanced ratio of gin or vodka to vermouth.

Some people prefer a dirty martini made with olive brine, and others may prefer a Gibson martini made with a pickled onion instead of a traditional olive garnish. The house (aka, the bar) usually has a preferred way of serving a martini — so if you want your drink made in a specific style, speak up!

How to request adjustments to a classic martini

When ordering your martini, be specific about your preferences and any adjustments you would like. For example, you could say, "I would like a gin martini with a twist, very dry, with just a splash of vermouth." This will let the bartender know exactly what you want and how to make it to your liking: a gin-based martini garnished with a lemon peel and served with more spirit than vermouth. If you're unsure how to order your martini, you can always ask the bartender for recommendations or their favorite way to make it.

The standard ratio of spirit to vermouth in a classic martini recipe is 2:1, but you can always ask for less or more vermouth depending on your preference. Inverting the ratio of spirit to vermouth is currently a popular trend that lets you enjoy a martini while consuming less alcohol per glass. It's important to note that a martini that is stirred will be different from a shaken martini. Shaking a martini can cause it to become diluted and cloudy, but many people (like James Bond) prefer the drink this way. Stirring a martini allows it to be chilled and properly mixed without diluting the ingredients.

Finally, enjoy your martini in the way that suits you best. Some people prefer their martini straight up, while others may prefer it on the rocks (with ice). You can also experiment with different garnishes and twists to add a personal touch to your drink.