I had always wondered what the American Martini would taste like. On TV they looked so different from what I, as a European, understand as a "Martini drink".
Now I know.
In Europe if you order a Martini you get 100% Martini, i.e. vermouth.
In America however a Martini is Gin or Vodka with a bit of vermouth. A really small bit of Martini. I have no idea why they call it Martini when finally it's more Vodka or Gin instead of Martini. I was told though that the name came from a James Bond movie. 007 apparently started calling it that!
It's important to know your way around drinks, isn't it?
PS: I didn't finish my American Martini finally - too much Gin for my taste SMILE