Most martini drinkers are very particular about how they prefer this cocktail. Purists insist the martini is made with gin, while others favor vodka as the base spirit. Some like their martini served dirty with blue cheese-stuffed olives, while others want it served dry, straight up, and ice cold with a lemon twist. Even the speed in which a gin martini is stirred causes fierce debate. Vigorous stirring might bruise the gin, thus bringing more bitter notes forward in the cocktail. Then there are the numerous variations on the martini, including the 50/50, Gibson, and the espresso martini. And one can’t forget its predecessor, the Martinez.
Whether served classic or dirty, made with gin or vodka, the martini is simply a timeless classic found on many a bar menu. Here are a few marvelous martinis (and martini variations) to consider sipping at bars and restaurants around Atlanta.
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