Order your martini on the rocks at New York's Il Matto restaurant, and don't be surprised to find one in your glass. Their stone martinis are served with - just as the name suggests - an actual stone. Functional chic or over the top?
At Il Matto, bartender Christina Bini chills each stone and soaks it in vermouth. When added to the drink, the flavor seeps into the martini and simultaneously keeps it cold. These aren't your garden variety pebbles, however; they are carefully chosen rocks from Italy and Mongolia - the former garnishes the sweet white stone martini and the later is the centerpiece of the dry black stone martini.
Don't have fancy international stones in your backyard? Several retailers have caught on to the trend and sell stones cut just for cocktails. Chill the rocks in the freezer and bypass the issue of diluted drinks. Soak them in vermouth or elderflower liquor to add another element to the drink.
Would you try this at your next dinner party?
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