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:

  • * 3 ounces gin (Bombay Sapphire, Beefeater, or Tanqueray--something around 94 proof)
  • * 1/2 ounce Noilly Prat dry white vermouth
  • * 8 to 10 ice cubes (cracked or crushed ice chills faster than cubes)

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.

Enjoy the "great and sudden glory," and browse more gin recipes. My favorite is Gin and Spice Flank Steak.

How do you like your martini? Where do you stand on the gin vs. vodka debate? Shaken or stirred?