Perhaps one of the most iconic cocktails of the 20th century, the martini is in a league of it's own for its elegance despite only featuring 2 ingredients. There are loads of different twists and takes you can incorporate into your martini, but the key ingredients are simple: dry vermouth and either vodka or gin. My preference is a Gin martini that is more vermouth forward, but feel free to get creative!
Like any martini cocktail, we start by chilling our glass. In a martini glass, add ice and either water or club soda, and set the glass aside for now. Next, grab your cocktail shaker or mixing glass (fun fact - martinis were never meant to be shaken; they were created as a stirred cocktail...until James Bond ruined it with his famous "shaken not stirred" line). In your mixing glass or shaker, add the gin, vermouth, and about 1 cup of ice. Stir the drink for about 30 seconds. Now, to make your drink, there are 2 essential steps before we strain our martini into our glass. First, toss out the ice and water. Second, add about 0.5 Oz of vermouth to the martini glass and slowly twirl the glass in a circular motion so that the vermouth gently coats the inside of the entire glass. Now, toss out the vermouth from the glass, and strain your martini into the martini glass, garnishing with 3 Spanish olives on a toothpick.
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Want to Change Things Up?
Interested in Changing Things Up? There are a number of different variations on the classic martini. Check out our "Many Martini Makings" post in our Liquor Learnings blog to learn about different takes and twists you might try out in your martini making endeavors!