I frequently order martinis when I’m out. I always have to say, “I’ll have a gin martini, Bluecoat American if you have it, straight up with a twist,” because a martini can mean just about anything these days.
I was happy to see that when Rachel Maddow taught Jimmy Fallon how to make a martini she declared that the period in American history when “any drink that was made in a glass with a stem was called a martini” is over. She also made it clear a martini is made with gin, not vodka. If you like vodka instead of gin in the drink, that’s perfectly fine, but technically it’s not a martini.
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