The Esquire Martini is a classic cocktail that has been around since the early 20th century. It is named after the famous men's magazine, Esquire, which is known for its sophisticated and stylish content. This cocktail is a favorite among those who appreciate a strong, dry martini. It's a simple yet elegant drink that is perfect for any occasion.
Era: Early 20th century
Taste Profile: Strong, dry
Ideal For: Sophisticated gatherings, quiet evenings
The Esquire Martini is a strong, dry cocktail. It has a crisp, clean taste with a hint of bitterness from the vermouth. The gin provides a robust, juniper-forward flavor that is balanced by the subtle sweetness of the orange bitters.
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Dirty Esquire Martini
Add half an ounce of olive brine to the mixing glass before stirring. This salty twist plays the mineral to the botanicals' floral in a dance of savory and crisp. The finish is earthier, and one might feel as though waltzing through an olive grove.
Sweet Esquire Martini
Replace dry vermouth with sweet vermouth. The outcome is a richer, more rounded character. Like turning up the bass in a song, it resonates with deeper notes of sweetness and warmth, a good choice for those who prefer their evening a touch less dry.
Spicy Esquire Martini
Drop in a slice of fresh jalapeño with the ice. After stirring, you'll have a cocktail that alerts all the senses. It's a fiesta in a glass for those who like their drinks with a kick, and it's not afraid to leave a little tingling in your tempo.
What glassware is best for an Esquire Martini?
A classic martini glass, often referred to as a 'cocktail glass', is ideal for an Esquire Martini.
Can I add other garnishes to my Esquire Martini?
Traditionally, an Esquire Martini is garnished with a twist of lemon. However, you can also use a green olive or a small cocktail onion.
Are there variations of the Esquire Martini?
Yes, there are many variations. One common variation is the Dirty Martini, which includes some olive brine.
Can I use flavored gin in my Esquire Martini?
Absolutely! Using a flavored gin can add a unique twist to your Esquire Martini.
What is the origin of the Martini?
Although there are many stories about the origin, it's commonly believed that the Martini evolved from a cocktail called the Martinez in the mid-1800s.