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Classic Gin Martini Recipe

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Classic Gin Martini with Olives

Classic Gin Martini with Olives

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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.

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Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail



  1. Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice cubes.
  2. Stir for 30 seconds.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Add a dash of orange or Angostura bitters, if desired
  5. 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.
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 5 out of 5
The Right mix, in my opinion, Member jtrocker

I personally agree with the other reviewer that stated the amount of vermouth will depend on the type of gin and the taste of the drinker. My current mix I use is what this recipe calls for. I currently use either Junipero or St George Botanivore Gin and Dolin vermouth. I like the combination. ... I think this makes a great Martini, though while it is my current martini favorite Junipero is not a gin I would drink straight. ... Finally, DO NOT SHAKE. I know James Bond drinks his ""shaken, not stirred"", but shaking it waters down the drink too much, alters the taste of the gin (some call it bruising), and leaves little chips of ice in the drink that are hard to strain out. Mr Bond wanted a weaker martini because he needed to stay alert for the bad guys. So unless you are a secret agent, stir your martini.

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