If one thinks of classic drinks, bars or synonyms for those, you can be sure the Martini will be amongst them. As a dry, bitter and strongly alcoholic short drink, it is an aperitif and usually consists of gin and dry French vermouth, more rarely vodka and vermouth. Only three (two if one likes to only have a dash of vermouth) ingredients, including the garnish make it a pretty straight forward recipe. This is what, besides the taste of course, I really like. No need for a thousand dashes of spirits syrups etc…
So thinking of the season and what to create for you guys made me stumble across asparagus of course these days. I am not saying that I would not fancy asparagus with a homemade hollandaise but it is just fun to cross boundries of monumental recipes at times, don´t you think? Asparagus tends to be quite a versatile vegetable, I cook it, marinate it raw, fry it and use it for desserts too. So a drink certainly seems to be the logical next step.
I chose my Martini to be based on both, the dry Gin Martini and the Vodka Martini too. I simply tend to find the vodka smoothens the texture of this drink as it contains such a big amount of spicy gin. If you are completely on the dry side of life, just use more gin instead of the vodka part. For me this Martini makes a very nice seasonal drink with a tiny twist, even though I have changed the original recipe. Enjoy it as an aperitif while the season is on.
If you rather have a non alcoholic drink you might want to check out my Green Rabbit!