Some things are so obvious that they go unsaid, yet the fact that they are unsaid leaves many unaware of the truths. This item tells it exactly as it is and it should be required reading for anybody who even considers uttering the sacred word:
Got that? A martini is a drink made with gin. Period! If you are going to want something else then call it something else. Hell, even the new James Bond knows it isn't a martini anymore.
I remember when I was still in college and we used to hang out at a high school friend's bar and roadhouse on Mannheim Road near O'Hare Airport. We decided one day that it was time to learn how to drink martinis so we headed out to John's place, the Cottage Hill Bar & Grill.
We discussed the issue with John and he recommended a progression. Start easy and move later to the ultimate classic. Drink it on the rocks with a twist of lemon.
Once you got used to the bite of the gin tempered by the lemon, you could omit the lemon and go with an olive, but still on the rocks. Then transition to the classic "up" in the stemmed glass, but return to lemon twist. Finally, graduation to up with olive and you've completed the curriculum.
We took the crash course in one afternoon and fortunately made it home without mishap, but since then I've known that a martini is done properly only one way and then it is among the finest creations of man.