There is a divide amongst martini aficionados that is perhaps even deeper than the Great Vodka vs. Gin Debate :
Are you Twisted or Dirty?
When you enjoy a classic martini, be it with vodka or gin, do you prefer it with a twist of citrus or with an olive/dirtied up with the olive juice? In my martini travels, I’ve rarely found those who enjoy it both ways.
Shaker One here- I am a Twisted Tini gal exclusively. If a bartender decides to “surprise” me with his “specialty” dirty style, I send it right back. Dirty style should never be a surprise. I love the subtle lemon perfume of the twist- it kisses the martini with it’s brightness, yet still allows the clean flavor of the drink to shine through. Of course, when making a classic martini you must use the very best quality vodka or gin possible.
Shaker Two here. I have leaned more towards the dirty martinis. I am not sure if I started drinking these to mask the flavor of the rather cheap, burning vodka I drank as college student or whether or not I just ordered it for the olives. I am guessing some of both, but it has stuck with me through the years. I had one wonderful bartender that would bring me the martini with a small glass filled with olives, with the remainder of martini in it. I would happily snack on my vodka soaked olives. Now, though it is not what I order normally, I can also deal with a twisted martini. I think it depends on my mood.
Where do you fall? Tell us below….we’re curious to see which is more popular.