The Dirty Martini is a drink for olive lovers. This salty and briny martini made with gin or vodka is a classic cocktail lounge favorite. It can be served on the rocks or straight up in a chilled glass. The preferred olives are typically extra large Spanish olives stuffed with pimento.
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The history of this drink dates back to the British occupancy of India. Soldiers were given quinine to fight malaria. The taste of the medicine on its own was not palatable so soldiers would commonly mix it with sugar, water, and some of their gin ration. The classic cocktail was born. A refreshing and light flavored drink, it's still one of the world's most common and popular cocktails.
Some believe the Gimlet cocktail was named after a British Royal Navy doctor that may have served this to his crew in order to ward off scurvy. The lime juice and gin combination makes a classically refreshing cocktail served up or down over ice, it always delights.
What's cooler than a cocktail created by James Bond himself? (Answer: nothing.) Making its debut in Casino Royale, this drink melds a clean, refreshing taste with a subtle, sweet kick. A word to the wise, this is a large drink, so you may want to share this mission with a friend.
The classic Gimlet is typically served with gin although more and more people are ordering a Vodka Gimlet as the flavor is a bit more smooth. If you're a fan of making vodka drinks like this at home we suggest storing your vodka in the freezer to keep it primed for mixing.