The Martini Cocktail

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Let’s get something straight right out the gate—A Martini is always stirred, never shaken. One of the qualities that makes a martini such a delight is how silky and smooth a martini is. That silkiness is destroyed as soon as it is shaken. So regardless of whatever James Bond may like to say to deliver one of his sexual-laden innuendos, we always stir our martinis. (FYI – Typically, we only shake our cocktails when they contain citrus juice like lime or lemon).

Now, the fact that we don’t shake a martini, doesn’t mean it isn’t sexy. In fact, a Martini may be the most sexy cocktail by virtue of the fact that it is the most naked of cocktails.


The Martini Cocktail

The Martini hides behind nothing. It is just a two-to-one ratio of gin (or vodka) and dry vermouth. No bitters. No bells, no whistles, garnish optional. When it comes to a Martini, what you see is what you get.
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Cocktail


  • 2 oz London Dry Gin sub ofr Vodka if you prefer a Vodka martini
  • 1 oz Dry Vermouth
  • 1 Lemon peel twist for garnish


  • In a glass cocktail pitcher or shaking tin, add 1 oz of Dry Vermouth.
  • Next, add 2 oz of your London Dry Gin or Vodka.
  • Stir for 60 revolutions, careful to keep the bar spoon in contact with the vessel as you stir. This keeps your cocktail silky smooth.
  • Strain into a chilled martini glass.
  • Drop in a lemon peel twist for garnish.


Tips for Elevation
  • Add 1-2 bar spoons of olive juice to make your martini “dirty”. This gives your cocktail a unique savory/umami flavor.
  • Experiment with your garnishes. Try an orange peel, an olive (especially if your Martini is dirty), or even a pickled onion.
Keyword Cocktail, Martini

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