If you are one of those people who enjoy treating themselves every now and then to a fancy night out, then you are going to love this addition of Happy Hour Tuesday!
Martinis has been around for centuries, yet there is no specific person we can thank for such a glamorous drink. Theories attribute Martinis to a drink named Martinez and originated in San Francisco back in the 1860s, but other rumors link its origin to the Knickerbocker Hotel in New York City. What we know for sure is that Prohibition increased the popularity of Martinis in the 20th century, when gin was the easiest spirit to manufacture illegally.
But Martini fans are often split between the choice: gin or vodka?
Classic Martini is actually a mixture of gin and vermouth, of floral taste and herbal aromas, often served with an olive or a lemon twist. You can have it dry, sweet or dirty. If instead of gin you use vodka, then you have a variation of Martini, called Vodka Martini and best known as James Bond’s cocktail: “Vodka Martini. Shaken, not stirred“(from the movie Goldfinger). It’s in the 1970s that Vodka Martini with its fruity variations gains more popularity in North America, and booms in the 1980s with the come back of appreciation for cigars, fine spirits, aperitifs and red meat.
If you like fruity drinks but want to stick to something classy, then the Rometti Limoncello Martini is the answer to your palate. It’s quite easy to make, yet its sophisticated taste makes it a vibrant drink that adds a hint of fanciness to your nights out.
3 oz vodka
1 oz Rometti Limoncello
1 teaspoon simple syrup
Lemon twist, to garnish
Mix the vodka, Rometti Limoncello, and simple syrup in a shaker half filled with ice. Shake well and serve in a martini glass garnish with a lemon twist. Before pouring the contents in the glass you could also dip the glass first in lemon juice and then in sugar.