TASTES OF THE MIGHTY
The legends had their own ways of enjoying the classic.
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