How ever there is the most popular martini made with gin and vermouth garnished with a splash of olive brine and an olive or a twist of lemon with a lemon peal. This is probably what you will get at your conventional wet bar. When ordering a martini keep in mind that a dry martini has very little if not any vermouth at all and is mostly gin. Sometimes a martini is spiced up with flavored liquors such as chocolate or even peach vodka.
You will want to experiment with your garnish as the conventional olive is not always the best compliment for the over all flavors when adding flavored brandy or vodka and may come off tasting very bad. Just think fruity for fruit and chocolates for chocolate, you get the idea. I have heard of coating the rim with cocoa or flavored sugar. A dry martini with vodka has very little flavor as vodka is almost tasteless. Gin is usually made using juniper berry's giving your cocktail a slight fruity flavor and an olive is usually the best compliment. You may wish to experiment with olives that are stuffed with garlic or cheese other than the conventional pimento.
But you might come to realize if you are a frequent martini connoisseur that the shape of the martini glass is unique to the conventional martini. That is mostly because the shape serves the over all experience typical to the flavors incurred in a common martini. Just as wines have a delicate bouquet and flavor that is complimented by the shape of the wine glass, so also the unique shape of the martini glass accomplishes some what the same results to the martini.
It is believed the drink its self was created in the 1850's by a famous bar tender at the Occidental Hotel in San Francisco California named Jerry Thomas. He was said to have made the drink up spur of the moment for a drifter who paid him with a gold nugget and asked him to make him something special before he left on his journey to Martinez California. The actual drink was similar to today’s recipes but I am sure it tasted quite different as he only had old time liquors to mix with. Jerry named the drink a Martinez and the name was changed to Martini sometime after prohibition.
So experience a martini with a nice martini glass and the proper martini mix for your occasion. Don’t forget to garnish your cocktail because presentation is just as important as the drink itself. Just as it is with most elegant mixed drinks. The same is true with wines, cognacs and brandy s. Presentation is key! Although flavor is important, it is important to involve all of your senses, to attain the fullest pleasurable experience from your martini.