Glass Martini pitcher: ice or water?
I was gifted a beautiful glass martini pitcher with a glass rod stirrer for Christmas. It will certainly get good use, but the stirrer (being all glass) seems pretty fragile.
How are glass martini pitchers like this normally used? Would I add ice like a normal mixing glass and stir or are they meant to mix the spirits with water, no ice, and then put in the fridge?
I'm not sure if you have a martini pitcher or shaker. The normal term is a shaker for the instrument used to make/mix a martini. Did it come with a lid of some sort also or just a wand?
Normally you start with ice...then pour your ingredients such as vodka or gin then whatever you are going to mix it with vermouth or olive juice etc. You then shake (as per James Bond) or still the ingredients to chill them which makes them far more palatable to consume. At no point should refrigerating them come into the equation. That is for a martini.
Thanks for the replies. It looks like this:
Treating it as a giant mixing glass for stirred drinks makes sense and will be useful. I guess I was just nervous the glass stirrer would be too delicate with ice, but I'll just be careful when I do and probably not use it later in the night.
I would take the opposite view and say that it would generally make more sense to use your pitcher without ice. With a batch of drinks that big you don't really want the ice sitting in there and diluting the drinks unless you are planning to pour them all within a few minutes.
So using water for the dilution and refrigerating for a few hours and then using the pitcher for service of your Martinis or Manhattans at a party makes perfect sense.
Back in the sixties and seventies my Dad would make pitchers of martinis. It was a tallish, thin glass pitcher, with a glass stirrer.
As someone else said, his were just gin, ice and vermouth. I am sure that by the third drink or so, they got watered down, but then no one cared by then.
When I have made drinks in larger scale, it is for the moment and using as large of a shaker or mixing vessel as needed. So excess dilution would not be a problem there. But if you intended to drink it all yourself with only one round of mixing, yes, this is an unfortunate consequence.