I could talk long and glowingly — and, trust me, I will — about Gabriel Szaszko, the Cocktail Nerd. For now, I will thank him for bringing me back to balance.
The Cocktail Nerd (he's about as nerdie, by the way, as Daniel Craig doing Bond with a babe between his legs) made for me a Martini-like drink called the Nick & Nora, named for Hammett's lovely "Thin Man" better halves, Nick and Nora Charles.
In a sweet, little session we'll call for now The Martini Progression, Gabriel stirred me a Martinez, a Turf, and a Nick & Nora. The latter is the closest to a dry, gin Martini of the three. Its glory relies on a 3-to-1 ratio of gin to vermouth. I think Gabriel made mine with Beefeater 24 and a French vermouth the name of which I forget. I possibly even have the gin wrong. I'll right the ship later.
For now, know that his N & N lets the vermouth take flight without grounding the gin in any way whatsoever. Never again will I shake my inconsiderate 8, 10 and 12 to 1s!
Gabriel is online right now, guarantee, so go thank him.