Most martini drinkers are quite particular about how they prefer this cocktail. Purists of the drink insist the martini be made with gin, while others favor vodka as the base spirit. Some like it served dirty with blue cheese-stuffed olives, while others want their martini served dry, straight up, and ice cold with a lemon twist. Even the speed in which a gin martini is stirred causes debate. Vigorous stirring might bruise the gin, thus bringing more bitter notes forward in the drink. Then there are the numerous variations on the martini, including the Fifty-Fifty, the Gibson, Cosmopolitan, and the espresso martini.
Whether served classic or dirty, made with gin or vodka, the martini is a timeless classic cocktail found on many a bar menu. Here are a few stellar martinis and martini variations to consider sipping at bars and restaurants around Atlanta.
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