We think that the olive
just might be the best part of a martini. Martini
drinkers often claim that garnishing their drink with
olives gives it an extra kick of flavor. Cocktail
party-goers insist that all it takes is an olive garnish
to turn gin and vermouth into a martini.
The Martini Olive Facts
Olives carry positive health benefits, but that's not
the reason why it's a necessary ingredient in a great
martini. Bar olives used in the drink are preserved in
brine and their salty flavor alters the taste of the
Martinis are typically
garnished with three olives; any additional are served
on the side and some folks do ask for additional
cocktail olives. Many recipes for the classic cocktail
recommend using gourmet olives to embellish the drink.
Those additional olives on the side of your drink allow
you to enjoy them immediately with your drink while you
let the martini soaking olives marinate so that you can
savor them at the end of the drink. Olives soak up some
of the gin and vermouth, giving them a unique flavor.
Regardless of the type of olive you use, you must always
use fresh ones. Old olives will ruin a martini.
There are countless types of olives that can be added to
a martini. In addition to the typical cocktail olive,
gourmet olives stuffed with garlic, blue cheese, onion,
anchovies or almonds may also be used to give a martini
a more distinctive flavor.
Recipes that call for cocktail onions instead of olives
do not make a true martini; instead it is called a
Gibson. The olive garnish is what makes the martini
cocktail. When other garnishes are used, it becomes an
entirely different beverage.
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