If you have any gin left after Negroni Week, now's the time to pour it out for another liquid tribute: June 19
is Martini Day. The grand poohbah of classic drinks, which may have originated as the Martinez in the late 19th century, has been so influential that it has an eponymous glass and has lent its name to an inbred brood of Candy Apple, Chocolate and Dirty pretenders. You can drink whatever you like, but it isn't a true martini unless your glass contains gin and vermouth.
- 2 oz Tanqueray No. 10
- 1 oz Dolin dry vermouth
- 2 dashes orange bitters
Stir ingredients over ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist or an olive. (If you choose a savoury garnish, omit the orange bitters.)