Recently ran into another young bartender who had never made a martini with gin and vermouth although that is the very definition of a Martini.
ME: I’d like a Tanqueray Martini up.
BT: Gin? Do you still want olive juice
ME: No, I’d like vermouth.
BT: (Slowly) Okay, you want me to put it in the glass then pour it out?
ME: No, I’d like you to put the vermouth in and leave it.
BT: You mean like an ingredient?
ME: Exactly. I’d like it up and served with an olive
Look if you want to drink chilled vodka with olive juice, knock yourself out, just don’t call it a martini. In this video I made last year you’ll see how to make a classic gin martini.
Two weeks later at a different bar I ordered a Tanqueray martini and the bartender asked me what part vermouth? I like this guy already. I tell him I like it 5 to 1 and stirred. He said, “Naturally.” Big tip!!