The martini gets no such help. Consequently, people feel free to call anything served in the iconic martini glass a martini, regardless of the ingredients.
I would like to propose the following rules.
A martini is a drink containing gin or vodka, and dry vermouth. I think I'm being very liberal in allowing vodka, but it stops there.
I know people today want to be creative with their cocktails and like to invent variations on their favorite cocktail recipes. Although the martini has only two ingredients, it permits a wide range of variation. The permissible variations are:
- You may use any gin or any vodka, including flavored vodka.
- You may use both gin and vodka.
- You may use any dry vermouth.
- You may use any ratio of gin/vodka to vermouth.
- You may garnish with olives or onions, stuffed or not, or no garnish.
- You may add a small amount of olive brine.
You are welcome to make and enjoy any drink you like, you may even serve it in a martini glass, you may even (and I'm being hugely generous on this one) call it a something-tini, just not a martini.
Thank you for your cooperation.