The classic dry gin martini is iconic and the world's most famous cocktail. Though many "martinis" have been created, there is only one true martini, and few drinks can beat this simple recipe. The flavor is a botanical bouquet with a dry profile that you can customize to your taste.
There is no mystery to the martini, and all you need to make one is your best gin and dry vermouth. There are countless ways to adjust the formula and technique: gin or vodka, dry or wet or dirty, shaken or stirred, olive or lemon garnish. All of these options have spurred a debate over the "proper" way to make a martini. While it's a never-ending discussion, the only correct answer is how you enjoy it. After all, you're drinking it.
Following some experimentation with this classic cocktail, you will know exactly how to make "the best martini" for your taste. Most of this will be adjusting the gin to vermouth ratio, exploring different brands, and choosing your preferred garnish. It's not a bad task to undertake, and you may even join the ranks of devoted martini connoisseurs.
2 1/2 ounces gin
1/2 ounce dry vermouth, or to taste
1 dash orange or aromatic bitters, optional
Lemon twist, or 1 or 3 olives, for garnish
STEPS TO MAKE IT
- Gather the ingredients
- In a mixing glass filled with ice cubes, combine the gin and vermouth, pouring more or less vermouth to your taste.
- Stir for 30 seconds.
- Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Add a dash of bitters, if desired.
- Garnish with a lemon twist or olives.