How to order a Martini
How To Order A Martini Like A Pro
Ordering a martini is not quite as simple as saying “I’ll take a martini”. It may have been, once upon a time when everyone knew that a classic martini is gin and vermouth (in a 5 to 1 ratio), stirred with ice cubes, strained and poured into a martini glass with a garnish. But with all the choices that we have available to us now, one must specify their drink preference.
If someone orders a martini without specification, you will have to ask a series of questions to discover what they would really like to drink.
- Vodka or Gin?
- What brand do you prefer? Know what vodka’s and gin’s you offer so you can relay the options to your guest if need be.
- Up or on the rocks? (With or without ice.)
- Olives or a twist? (For the garnish.)
- If they have ordered their martini dirty, the garnish will always be olives unless otherwise specified.
I like to have a martini, two at the very most, three I’m under the table, four I’m under my host. Quote by Dorothy Parker.
A correctly ordered martini would sound something like this: “I would like a Beefeater martini, dry, on the rocks with a twist”. This perfect order has told us everything we need to know: the alcohol preference (type and producer), the specification of little vermouth, that they would like it with ice and garnished with a twist!
A classic Martini recipe calls for 5-6 parts gin or vodka to one part dry vermouth
Dirty: A martini that has olive juice added to it. It makes it look dirty and adds a distinct flavor.
Dry: Just a little vermouth.
Click below and take Module 1: Martini & Martini Lingo, for FREE. You’ll learn everything to make you a Martini Expert.
Extra dry/up: No vermouth.
Gin: An alcoholic spirit distilled from grain or malt and flavored with juniper berries.
Neat: Straight from the bottle and put into a glass so it’s nice and tepid. Not a great order imho. The guest may mean ↑ (up). (I’d ask just to be sure.)
On the rocks: The gin/vodka will be served over ice.
Perfect: A martini (or any cocktail) using equal parts dry and sweet vermouth.
Stirred, not shaken: The gin/vodka will be chilled by adding it to a glass of ice cubes and stirring it, then straining it into a martini glass rather than the usual way of adding the ice and booze to the glass, covering it and shaking the dickens out of if, straining out the ice and pouring it in a martini glass.
Sweet: Sweet vermouth, not dry.
Twist:Garnish the martini with a lemon twist.
Up/straight up: Gin/vodka chilled with ice (by shaking or stiffing) and straining it into a martini glass leaving no ice, only the chilled alcohol.
Vermouth: A fortified wine infused with herbs and spices.
Vodka: An alcoholic spirit made from distilled…
- rye. Examples include: Chopin Rye, Platinka Original, Belvedere and many others.
- wheat. Examples include: Svedka, Sky 90, Effen, Kettle One, Vox, Three Olives, Reyka and many others.
- potatoes. Examples include: Chopin, Monopolowa and many more.
Wet: Extra vermouth
Are you just wishing that I had made a video about Martini’s? Lucky you, I did! Watch it here.
Join iamWaitress on Google+!
I'm Jennifer and I would be honored to be your virtual restaurant consultant. I'm a real human, immersed in the industry, here to provide you with the most helpful ideas, information and products to make you more money and more successful.
No stone is left unturned here. I cover it all. So shoot me
a message, ask a question or just introduce yourself!
I can't wait to hear from you!
Latest posts by Jennifer, iamWaitress (see all)
- 7 Types of Restaurant Guests and How to Please Them All - December 26, 2016
- 8 tips to earn higher tips - December 12, 2016
- Seating Guests Like A Pro: Table Mapping and Section Planning - December 1, 2016