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.

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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

Ingredients
  

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

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Notes

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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