I had never tasted a martini in my life. I mean a real, true martini made with just gin and vermouth. I thought maybe it would be too strong, to bitter, not smooth enough. After discovering Hendrick's gin, I thought I might be able to tolerate it.
2 oz Hendrick's
1/4 oz Martini dry vermouth
Shaken, with a twist and a small cucumber garnish.
It was delicious. It was very smooth, and now I understand why this is such a ubiquitous drink. I look forward to trying various combinations of gin, vermouth, and I recently read somewhere about making a martini with Lillet white rather than dry vermouth. I'm game.
Salud & cheers!