2 oz gin
1 oz dry vermouth
Stir and strain. Garnish with a lemon twist or olive.
Martini Making Tips
Vermouth is the key ingredient that makes this cocktail actually taste good. A ¼ ounce of vermouth in a 2 ounce cocktail is a good start, but feel free to increase it according to your taste. Martini recipes from the early 1900s were equal parts gin and vermouth.
2. Ice and Dilution
A properly made martini should be well chilled, with ice. Martinis need some water to balance out the potency of the spirit. Warm gin and cold ice make perfect partners.
3. Stirred, not Shaken
Contrary to James Bond catch phrase, “shaken not stirred”, the reason we stir a martini is to avoid making it cloudy. When you shake a drink vigorously it incorporates tiny air bubbles that make the martini opaque. Stirring keeps it clear and elegant.
4. Chill Your Glassware
A cold glass is a good practice for serving any cocktail.
5. Consumption Time
A martini gives a break for the daily stresses. Do not let it sit around until it’s room temperature nor guzzle it down it like a shooter.