I just stumbled across a Bernard Devoto quote that has me longing for a martini, "The proper union of gin and vermouth is a great and sudden glory; it is one of the happiest marriages on earth."
Like Devoto, I'm a devotee of the gin martini. It has a crisp brightness that vodka just can't seem to deliver. Real Simple captures the classic gin martini with their recipe:
Chill a martini glass in the freezer for at least 5 minutes. Pour 3 ounces gin and 1/2 ounce dry white vermouth into a stainless-steel cocktail shaker or a chilled tumbler.
Place ice cubes in the shaker or tumbler, stir vigorously for about 20 seconds with a long-handled spoon, and strain into the chilled martini glass.
How do you like your martini? Where do you stand on the gin vs. vodka debate? Shaken or stirred?