A martini without a garnish is like an unfinished melody.
Without a garnish, you’re just drinking a glass of gin with a dash of vermouth. That doesn’t sound so great, does it? Or at least, it’s not as good as it could be.
Here’s a quick guide to some of your best garnish options for a gin martini.
1. Lemon Twist
Let’s start with the garnish pictured above: a lemon twist. The citrus oils from the peel play nicely with the notes of lemon and Seville orange in London dry gins like Beefeater. Add a sprig of red currants to elevate the drink into a more festive place.
2. Stuffed Olives
When most people order a martini, they want olives. The salty, briny taste of olives is the best part of a dirty martini. For extra fun, why not swap in some stuffed olives? You can get olives stuffed with almonds, bleu cheese, or even cloves of garlic.
3. Pearl Onions
The Gibson martini comes with a little pearl onion, and it’s a vastly underrated martini derivation. Pickled onions are so darn good.
For fans of spicy cocktails, a pickled pepperoncini pepper is the ideal garnish. You could also use fresh jalapeños or even a scotch bonnet pepper for a splash of color.
5. Edible Flowers
If you’re making a martini with a more floral style of gin like Hendrick’s or Magellan, then a floral garnish makes a lot of sense. You could place a nasturtium on the rim of the glass, or float candied rose petals, violets, or even hibiscus flowers on the surface of the cocktail itself.
What’s your favorite martini garnish?