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?