You're asking for a fight. The second you throw down one notion of the ideal martini, you will be rebutted. Martini drinkers aren't shy -- especially while, you know, drinking martinis -- and will correct you at every turn: The right martini is vermouth-rich or bone dry, made with gin or vodka, garnished with olives or a twist. And the list goes on.

Luckily, the martini takes all comers (except for those who want to append some other word before -tini). All you need to jump into the fray is a solid understanding of your options; let The Spirit breakdown of martini basics guide the way.