What is a Martini? Classically, it’s vodka or gin with vermouth – which spirit and how much vermouth is a matter of personal taste and usually much debate among imbibers and barkeeps alike. But the Martini has morphed into any drink put into a Martini glass. Which brings up another debate: should it be called a Martini glass, a cocktail glass or a coupe? We welcome your thoughts on that one.
Here, we offer some contemporary takes on the classic cocktail, each of which would jump start your spring or summer drink menu with style.
A favorite at the Double Down Bars in Las Vegas and New York City, owner P Moss who reports it’s a favorite with the ladies.
3 strips hickory smoked bacon
1 bottle vodka
Fry the bacon and “massage” it into a bottle of vodka. Allow bottle to stand for 24 hours; the bacon will soften. Chill the vodka. Strain into a chilled Martini glass.