TASTES OF THE MIGHTY

The le­gends had their own ways of en­joy­ing the clas­sic.

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01 LYN­DON JOHN­SON

The 36th US pres­i­dent was more of a whisky fan and was of­ten seen with a sty­ro­foam cup of Cutty Sark which he would or­der his Se­cret Ser­vice to re­fill, while driv­ing re­porters around his ranch. But, when he was in the mood for a mar­tini, he would fill a glass with ver­mouth, dump it out so the ver­mouth only coated the glass, and re­fill it with gin.

02 ERNEST HEM­ING­WAY

The gin-to-ver­mouth ra­tio in­creased greatly by the late 20th cen­tury, and Hem­ing­way’s (some­what un­sur­pris­ing) go-to was in the “Mont­gomery” style: 15 parts gin to one part ver­mouth. Hem­ing­way named it af­ter Bri­tish Field Mar­shal Bernard Mont­gomery, whose mil­i­tary strat­egy largely re­volved around at­tack­ing only when out­num­ber­ing the en­emy by 15 to one.

03 FRANKLIN ROO­SEVELT

The 32nd Amer­i­can pres­i­dent was fond of mar­ti­nis, par­tic­u­larly dirty ones, and of­ten mixed them him­self us­ing two parts gin, one part ver­mouth, a tea­spoon of olive brine, a lemon twist and an olive. As much as he en­joyed mak­ing the drinks, many of his guests re­port­edly said they were aw­ful be­cause of his dis­re­gard for pro­por­tions.

04 JU­LIA CHILD

The iconic cook­ing per­son­al­ity liked her mar­ti­nis with more ver­mouth than gin, also known as the Re­verse Mar­tini or Up­side-Down Mar­tini. It is be­lieved that Child made hers with five parts ver­mouth to one part gin. A qual­ity ver­mouth is ob­vi­ously im­per­a­tive here, but you can go with Child’s choice of Noilly Prat.

05 WIN­STON CHURCHILL

The Churchill Mar­tini is ba­si­cally just a glass of gin with an olive in it be­cause he once fa­mously said, “The only way to make a mar­tini is with ice-cold gin, and a bow in the di­rec­tion of France.” Aside from that, he is par­tial to Ply­mouth gin and for the ver­mouth to be across the room as he en­joys his “mar­tini”.

“The only way to make a mar­tini is with ice-cold gin, and a bow in the di­rec­tion of France.” WIN­STON CHURCHILL

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