Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Morphing Martinis

I am amused to see that, at least on drink menus, a martini is no longer a slug of gin (or vodka, if you insist) with a very small amount of vermouth and possibly some odd garnishes. Apparently, a martini is now any mixed drink that is shaken over ice and poured into an "up" glass - a technique rather than a recipe. This includes martinis, gimlets, and all kinds of fruit-juice drinks made with gin or vodka. Last night, I tasted a "salt and pepper martini" that was made with vodka, grapefruit juice, and Cointreau (the name comes from the fact that the rim is salted and a skiff of pepper is floated over the top). It was very good, but it isn't a real martini by any stretch of the imagination.