Today is National Martini Day (I wish I knew who determined these things - certainly, I would buy them a drink), and in its honor, I wanted to whip up something a little regional. Something good. I went first to St. George - the bay area spirits producer, not the George of dragon fame.
They've created a trio of gins, and you should try them all. For tonight's martini, I went with #3, their Dry Rye Gin. Yes indeed, it's all rye and wickedly good. Is the juniper still there? Of course - with hints of pepper. Deliciously dry.
I don't believe a martini is a martini without vermouth - otherwise, you're drinking gin, neat. And that's fine, but it ain't a martini. To continue the California theme, I added my favorite vermouth, Vya - bottled in California's Central Valley.
I then went north but stayed west for the bitters - Scrappy's Aromatic Bitters from Washington state. Put those together, add your lemon twist, and you've got a martini worthy of the Golden State - bold, crisp, but with the strong charm of a Hollywood character actor.
So celebrate National Martini Day, June 19th, 2013 - and enjoy the...
2 oz. St. George Dry Rye Gin
.5 oz. Vya Extra Dry Vermouth
1 dash Scrappy's Aromatic Bitters
Stir with ice. Strain into chilled martini glass. Add bitters and garnish with a lemon twist.