Kootenay ice makes a martini special

While living in Nelson, a traditional gin martini was my preferred choice to drink.

While living in Nelson, a traditional gin martini was my preferred choice to drink. Since leaving town over a year ago, it has seemed impossible to replicate my martinis at the same quality I was once able to make.

In spite of trying cold draft ice, premium vodkas and different mixing methods, while I lived in other cities, there was still no comparison. It was only recently on a short trip back to Nelson, on a martini infused weekend, that I uncovered the secret.

The difference is in the water dilution of the ice. With Nelson having some of Canada’s freshest water sources, the dilution from the ice offered a smooth, delicate texture lending the martini the perfect canvas for the gin to paint a delicious flavor profile of juniper, citrus, and herbaceous spices. It is remarkable the difference water can make!

With that in mind, next time you have the chance, grab a shaker tin, five Kootney ice cubes, 2 ounces of gin, 1/4 ounce of vermouth and shake vigorously and enjoy.

Stephen Hart

Sommelier

Ric’s Grill & Mimi’s Italian Grill, Calgary