I, personally, think the, 'walk the vermoth bottle by the martini glass, and that's about enough vermouth for me..." is silly. Doesn't the original martini call for a decent amount of vermouth? For you traditionalists, what is the proper (or your preferred) ratio of gin to vermouth?
Secondarily, best gin for martinis? I have a bottle of Bulldog and a bottle of Hendricks at home. Can you guess what I'm thinking for a Friday evening?