In the 1990s, martinis again became popular. The original gin and vermouth martini (formerly THE martini) and the vodka martini from the 1950s were the norm. Now, the sky's the limit.
Brands of gin, many with new herb and spice infusions and flavoured vodkas are abudant on liquor store shelves. But beyond variations of the basic ingredients, the number of variations in the recipe has exploded.
Different flavour and ingredient combinations are very trendy - there are even full martini menus. They sound delicious, crazy, horrible, dessert-like. A Classic Blue Cheese Martini (huh?)and a Chocolate Mint Martini (candy anyone?) are only two of dozens of trendy new recipes.
It's martini madness. Much fun for a soiree.