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Also Known As: Dry Martini

The icon of the cocktail culture.

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Ingredients [ oz | cl ][ My Bar ]
2 12 oz Gin[ Add ]
12 oz Dry Vermouth[ Add ]
1 Olive[ Add ]
Method: Prepare in a shaker
Glass: Cocktail
  1. Select a gin you like. Personnally, I like London Dry Gin for this recipe.
  2. Pour the gin and dry vermouth into a shaker, along with a few ice cubes.
  3. The proportion can very from a few drops of vermouth all the way to 1 oz. Half an once is the classic way to serve it.
  4. Shake very gently for a few seconds, until the mix is chilled. Don't shake too hard; it will create air bubbles that will get you a cloudy drink.
  5. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass.
  6. Drop in olive in the glass for decoration.

Volume: 3.0 oz
Alcohol units: 3.3 standard drinks
Alcohol by volume (ABV): 36%


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Average Score: 8.0 (26 votes)

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The origin of the drink seems to come from the Martinez cocktail. An old drink from the late 1800's named after the Californian town.

This classic Martini recipe is also called a Dry Martini to outline it being done with Dry Vermouth. It can also mean to use less vermouth in the drink.

"Shaken, not stirred" is James Bond's famous catch phrase when he orders a Martini. Gin-based drinks are usually stirred, for the drink to retain its crystal clear appearence. Like Bond however, some prefer their drinks shaken. Shaking the drink makes the drink cooler and adds more ice water to it, along with tiny ice shards. In the end, it's all a matter of taste, there is no single best way to serve a Martini.

A Martini garnished with cocktail onions is called a Gibson.

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Bond is wrong - just stir the damn thing!

Comment by johnniepop on 2015-07-22 02:55:29

Added by David on
Last updated on 2014-09-07 11:27:41
Status: Approved