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Old 11-26-2006, 10:25 PM   #1
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Question A Real Martini?

I'll admit I've never had a martini. But my understanding of a martini is it is (choice #1) gin with a dash or two of vermouth depending upon how "dry" you want it and an olive or two, or (choice #2) a vodka martini, same sort of treatment.

I realize there are all sorts of what I call "martini cocktails" out there - chocolate martinis, cranberry martinis, appletinis... But let's stick with the old time, post-prohibition era martinis for this post, please

Which do you prefer, gin or vodka martinis?

My brother is closing on his new house on 12/18 and will be moving in over the Christmas holidays. He loves to entertain but he's sadly lacking in barware. So I bid on and won some barware glasses on eBay for his housewarming gift. It includes 6 martini glasses and 6 cocktail glasses, frosted with a silver "leaf" design on them.

If can save up the money I'd like to also get him some nice Bombay Sapphire gin or a good (? no clue!) vodka and vermouth to go with. The vermouth can always be used in place of dry cooking sherry and he likes to cook. I'm not sure he's a fan of gin, to tell you the truth, but I thought it would be a nice gesture.

So what say you for a "real" old fashioned martini, gin or vodka?



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Old 11-26-2006, 10:33 PM   #2
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Vodka for me. I like either vox or brilliant.

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Old 11-27-2006, 05:18 AM   #3
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Gin for me; although my husband prefers a vodka based martini.
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Old 11-27-2006, 05:21 AM   #4
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gin here too. vodka is not turned down, tho. hiccup!

i don't drink much hard liquor, but if i do, it should be tasty nitroglycerine.
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Old 11-27-2006, 06:28 AM   #5
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Lots of the cheapish gins on sale here in Spain smell too much like lavender bags for my liking. So if an expensive gin is out of the question, I'd vote for vodka.
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Old 11-27-2006, 06:34 AM   #6
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Vodka, Shaken, not stired :)
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Old 11-27-2006, 07:28 AM   #7
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Vodka please with a olive or two.
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Old 11-27-2006, 07:41 AM   #8
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Vodka for me (Grey Goose is my preference and a great gift to buy for your brother).

I enjoy gin and tonic, but gin without being cut somewhat is just too much for me to take.
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Old 11-27-2006, 07:42 AM   #9
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Gin (Bombay Sapphire works for me). With lots of olives.
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Old 11-27-2006, 08:01 AM   #10
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Gin. I find Bombay Sapphire too strong/harsh for a martini, though. I go with the regular Bombay (or Junipero, if it's around) for the martini and the Sapphire for G&T.

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