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Martini Cocktail

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A classic Martini, mixed and ready to drink.

Drink Ingredients:

  • 1/4 dry white vermouth
  • 1 premium gin
  • 1-3 pitted green olives (garnish)

Mixing Method: Stir

  1. Scoop a mixing glass 3/4 full with ice.
  2. Pour the vermouth and gin over the ice.
  3. Stir well and strain into a chilled martini glass.
  4. Garnish with a pitted green olive.

Mixology Notes:

All martinis can be shaken instead of stirred, or built on the rocks, if that’s what your guest prefers. Stir this drink for at least 30 seconds, to get the proper chill and dilution before serving. The olives should be pitted and not have a pimento filling.

This standard Martini recipe is too ‘wet’ for many guests. Most bartenders when asked for a Martini actually make the Dry Martini. It cuts back on the vermouth to 1/6 (1 tsp). Some bartenders make Martinis from pure gin, and hand the customer an atomizer, to spray on their own vermouth. Doing so minimizes returns, because the customer made the call.

Cocktail Variations:

Dry Martini – Same drink, but cut back the white vermouth to 1/6 (1 tsp).

Gibson – Same as Martini, except garnish with a sour pearl onion.

Perfect Martini – Use 1/4 dry white vermouth and 1/4 sweet red vermouth. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Sweet Martini – Use sweet red vermouth instead of white vermouth. Garnish with a lemon twist, or a cherry.

Vodkatini – Same drink as the Martini, but substitute vodka for gin.

Vodka Martini – Same as Vodkatini.


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