The Upside Down Martini
The martini as typically ordered dry is simply a glass of chilled Gin. If someone you know orders their martini "very, very dry" meaning that they want not a whiff of Vermouth is simply afraid to order 3 oz. of gin chilled and served up. In my view they are missing the beauty of the marriage of Gin and Vermouth. The upside down version of the martini delivers a full compliment of Vermouth with an accent of Gin. It's damn tasty and far less combustible.
1 oz. Old Tom style Gin
2 1/2 oz. Quality White Vermouth (like Carpano Bianco)
Lemon peel for garnish
This cocktail is an ideal apéritif and can be enjoyed any time of the year in place of the traditional martini.
I like to go Bond with this cocktail – "Shaken, not stirred." Add the Vermouth and Gin to a cocktail shaker, add ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail or coupe glass and garnish with a fresh lemon peel.
I use Old Tom style Gin here but it would be great with Genever or even a London Dry Gin.
Source: Sean Ludford, BevX