When you want to drink a Martini, but don’t want to feel like you drank a Martini, opt for the 50/50. The cocktail takes its name from its proportions, equal parts gin and dry vermouth. This refreshing combo significantly lowers the drink’s ABV and intensifies its zesty, herbal vermouth flavors. Because it’s much more prominent here than in a classic Martini, make sure you opt for a really great dry vermouth and double check that it’s still fresh—you remembered to store the bottle in the fridge and not on the bar, right?
Though the drink itself is the epitome of effortless cool, the Martini’s history is full of frenzy and dispute. Some say it’s a bastardized Martinez, a drink created at the Occidental Hotel in San Francisco for a flush gold miner who demanded a drink be named in his honor. Others say it was immaculately conceived at New York’s Knickerbocker H...