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The Martini Cocktail: Bernard DeVoto’s Martini

Reprinted with permission from The Martini Cocktail: A Meditation on the World’s Greatest Drink, with Recipes by Robert Simonson, copyright © 2019. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House.  Photography copyright: Lizzie Munro © 2019.

Bernard DeVoto, in his book-length rant about the cocktail, The Hour, declared that the only proportions for a correct Martini were 3.7 parts gin to 1 part vermouth. The man had his ideas. He also, in one of his most boneheaded exhortations, maintained that a Martini should be made with American-made gin. “Whatever imported gin may be for, it isn’t for Martinis,” he wrote. So much for London dry gin. Was a man ever more proudly wrong?

Makes 1 cocktail

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