Diamond Martini

Diamond Martini
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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)

The key to the diamond martini is to keep it cold, really cold! It's a wonderful variation of a vodka martini and it's incredibly easy to make. You'll just need to plan ahead to ensure all your ingredients are well-chilled.

The difference between the diamond martini and the regular vodka martini is that the vodka is pre-chilled by placing it in the freezer. Don't worry, the liquor will not freeze. You'll also want to put your dry vermouth bottle in the refrigerator so it's chilled—this is actually the preferred way to store open bottles of the fortified wine, anyway. Finally, be sure to use a frozen cocktail glass, taking it out of the freezer just before pouring the drink. With all everything nice and frosty, a refreshing—though potent—drink is ready to mix up!

Ingredients

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Chill a cocktail glass.

  3. Pour the dry vermouth and vodka into the glass.

  4. Twist the lemon peel over the drink, then wipe it around the rim of the glass and drop it into the drink.

  5. Serve and enjoy!

Tips

  • As with any martini, use the best spirits you can get. This cocktail relies solely on the liquor and without any fruits or other ingredients, there is no masking the taste of a low-quality spirit. Pick up one of the popular brandy of premium vodka or use the recipe as an excuse to explore new bottles of luxury vodkas that catch your eye at the liquor store.
  • Dry vermouth will go stale and lose its flavor after a period of time. If your bottle has been open longer than a couple of months, it's time to replace it with fresh vermouth.
  • Wiping the glass rim with the lemon peel adds a brilliant accent of flavor that will hit your lips with each sip and brighten up the drink.

Recipe Variations

  • Customizing any martini to your taste is highly recommended. Add more vermouth and pour less vodka to make up for the increased volume if you prefer a drier martini.
  • Shake or stir the diamond martini to dilute it and thoroughly mix the flavors.
  • Another way to accent the drink is to add two or three dashes of bitters. Aromatic and orange bitters are popular choices for martinis. Since this one is so transparent, it's also a great use for different flavors like grapefruit, lavender, lemon, or peach.

How Strong Is a Diamond Martini?

It should come as no surprise that the diamond martini is a very strong drink. It lacks any dilution from mixing it with ice and uses a double shot of vodka, making it the strongest martini you'll find. With an 80-proof vodka, this cocktail is 78 proof (39 percent ABV), just a notch lighter than a straight shot of vodka