I'm a little late jumping into this conversation, but I had a busy weekend. *sigh*
I love martinis. REAL martinis. If it's got vodka, you might as well be drinking a Sprite or Coors or spoiled milk.
When it comes to Gin, my regular choice is Beefeater, although there is a nice, cheap brand I find on the shelf here in Nevada, Gilbey's. I don't know if I've got a crappy palate, or if it's actually a worthwhile gin, but it works well for me.
When I can afford it I like to pick up a bottle of McMenamins Professor's Gin from the distillery in Troutdale, Oregon. It has to be the finest gin I've ever tasted.
I like to keep my bottles at room temperature. I put about 6 or 7 ice cubes in my shaker, a whole jigger of dry vermouth, 3+ jiggers of gin, shake hard for about 15 seconds, and the strain and pour. I throw in about 5 olives, but all of these suggestions about a meat-tini have really curious about putting in some salmon--raw, sushi salmon! Perhaps a piece of flank steak or something might be an interesting take too.