National Martini Day
How this holiday doesn’t have equal media coverage as Father’s Day, beats me! This is an important holiday for Vodka and Gin drinkers everywhere! It celebrates a cocktail that is arguably one of the purest expressions of these clear spirits. OK, ok. Not everyone celebrates cocktails the way I do – but if you have to get through a Monday anyway, why not do it with a Martini?
Not all #Vodkas are Made Equal
I’ll admit. I’m guilty of over-simplifying Vodka. I tend to think of it in two key categories: Vodka that makes you feel awful the next day, and Vodka that doesn’t. So when the lovely folks behind Purity Vodka invited Chris and I to dinner and cocktails, I was looking forward to being persuaded otherwise.
And persuaded I was! Not only were the cocktails fantastic, but I could really see how the flavor of Purity was just plain different from the vodkas I’d grown used to. It’s smooth (I know everyone says that, but really!) with a slight sweetness and absolutely none of that hot alcoholic burn. I found myself enjoying the flavor – not something I say often about Vodka!
A Classic Gin Vodka Martini
For our #NationalMartiniDay cocktail, Chris and I thought we’d feature a classic Gin Martini recipe – with Purity Vodka instead. The resulting cocktail was downright dangerous. With just a hint of Dry Vermouth and Orange bitters, this drink really lets the vodka shine. It’s refreshing, clean and velvety smooth.
I usually have to take my time with Martinis due to the alcohol burn that usually comes with. This time, I realized a short minute in that I’d already finished half the drink. Shoot!
So I guess I will have to admit – there are more than two types of Vodka. And I’ll have to admit, this one I really like! (And I’m not just saying that because we’re partnering on this article, I promise.) Whatever you’re drinking to celebrate #MartiniDay, enjoy! If you have Purity around, definitely consider this recipe (It’s good!)
Oh, and while you’re at it – maybe offer Dad a Martini too?
Purity Vodka Martini
- 2.25 oz Purity Vodka
- 0.25 oz Dry Vermouth (We used Noilly Prat)
- 1 dash Orange Bitters
- Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice.
- Stir well to chill and dilute.
- Strain into a chilled cocktail or Martini glass.
- Express lemon oil across the cocktail and garnish with a lemon peel.