From the New York Times’s obituary for famed New York City bartender Tommy Rowles:
Toward the end of his career, having made thousands of martinis,
Mr. Rowles said there was a right way to make one.
“My secret is to forget about the vermouth,” he told FT Magazine,
a weekly supplement of the British newspaper Financial Times. “I
don’t know why people put it in. A bottle of vermouth, you should
just open it and look at it.”
The only thing more fun than arguing about how to make a martini is arguing about how to make a martini while enjoying a few.