Clean, simple, classy – this is a martini. This icy refreshment has such crisp, sharp flavors, perfectly blended with vermouth, gin, and a gentle wisp of citrus aroma served in an elegant glass making it worth all the mixing right from the first sip. The martini is full of tradition, and new versions always evoke strong debates and passionate responses between purists, and those who love and enjoy the new versions.
The martini’s origin is a bit obscure and more than a few have claimed to know its true start. It is said that it first came from the town of Martinez, CA, while others claim a New York Judiciary developed it at the turn of the 20th century. However, no matter who first made this drink, or where, what we are sure of is that the martini has always been tied to Prohibition, the nationwide constitutional ban on all alcoholic beverages from 1920 to 1933.
The martini today has evolved into many variations. This star of the drink world has been customized over the years and sometimes uses vodka instead of gin and is now served dry, wet, dirty, with a twist, and shaken or stirred. Though the proper way to make a martini is a never-ending discussion for many imbibers, the only correct answer is to make it the way you enjoy it best.
How to make a Tangerine Martini
Prep Time: 10 mins
Yields: 1 serving
- 3 fluid ounces freshly squeezed Hale Tangerine juice
- 1 1/2 fluid ounces vodka
- 1 teaspoon orange-flavored liqueur
- Place ice in a martini shaker and pour tangerine juice, vodka, and orange liqueur over ice. Cover, shake vigorously, and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with thin tangerine slices if desired, and enjoy.