The classic Martini is one of the drinks that every bartender should know. There are many ways to make a Martini: gin or vodka, little or no vermouth, stirred or shaken, and an olive or lemon twist garnish. One drink, so many options.
If you are opting for the olive garnish, use either one or three olives skewered on a cocktail pick. Some people say that an even number of olives is bad luck, though I think it just looks better. If the olives are big, or one of those stuffed with jalapenos, garlic, or the like, one olive will usually do.
Many other drinks are referred to as a Martini. Although this recipe is the original, we must go along with society in some respects and here are more of those Martini recipes.
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Yield: 1 Cocktail
- 2 1/2 ounces gin
- 1/2 ounce dry vermouth
- 1 or 3, olives or lemon twist for garnish
- Orange or Angostura bitters (optional)
- Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice cubes.
- Stir for 30 seconds.
- Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Add a dash of orange or Angostura bitters, if desired
- Garnish with the olive or lemon twist.
Variations of the Martini:
- Dry Martini - Traditionally uses more dry vermouth, however recent trends define a Dry Martini as using little or no vermouth.
- Bone Dry or Desert Martini - No vermouth.
- Gibson - Garnish with a cocktail onion.
- Perfect Martini - Use equal parts of sweet and dry vermouth.
- Dirty Martini - Add a small amount of olive brine.
- 50-50 Martini - Use equal parts of gin and dry vermouth.
- Vodka Martini - Replace gin with vodka for a nice alternative.
Poll: How Do You Prefer Your Martini?
- Gin and Vermouth, Stirred
- Gin and Vermouth, Shaken
- Gin and Little or No Vermouth, Stirred
- Gin and Little or No Vermouth, Shaken
- Vodka and Vermouth, Stirred
- Vodka and Vermouth, Shaken
- No Martini for Me, Thanks
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