World Martini Day - how to order a martini like a movie star

From Bond and Monroe to Deuce Bigalow, the martini has always had a suave elegance that matches the silver screen. And you feel that movie glamour when you order one at the bar. Here are our tips for ordering a martini like a film star.

A bit like ironing or work-life balance, ordering a martini properly is one of those essential life skills they should teach in schools but don’t.

So we think this story is as much a public service message as it is an interesting topic - and even more so ahead of World Martini Day, which happens the third Saturday of June every year.

How to order a martini like a movie star

There’s something very smooth about knowing exactly what to say to elicit a perfectly made cocktail in a cool bar.

That’s opposed to fumbling with words, and blushing and shrugging through a series of questions while your bartender patiently tries to work out what it is you want.

What kind of martini?

First things first, you need to choose your spirit. There are many kinds of martini - from gin and vodka to all manner of flavours and iterations - not least the ever-popular espresso martini.

But at its purist, a martini is simply a white spirit, usually gin or vodka, with an ‘aromatised wine’, usually vermouth.