Technique: Martini Masterclass
How to make the perfect fruit martini:
First chill your glasses by putting them in the fridge or freezer. Then prepare your garnish in advance.
1 full measure of spirit
½ measure of liqueur
½ measure of juice
2-3 cocktail spoons of sugar syrup
Shaken or stirred? According my martini mixmeister, stirring results in a more intense flavoured cocktail, whereas shaking leads to greater dilution as the ice melts more into the drink. If you opt for a shaken cocktail, the correct moves involve a two-handed circular motion of the shaker at shoulder level.
Rub the rim of the glass with a piece of lemon peel to impart some of the oil. Strain the cocktail into the chilled glass using a double strainer - ie. cap the cocktail shaker with a cocktail strainer, and pour the liquid through this, and a tea strainer set over the glass. Result, a perfectly smooth, ice-free cocktail.
Spritz a little lemon oil over the surface of the drink and garnish.