Arguably the most classic cocktail of them all, this Martini Recipe helps you get to grips with a cocktail standard.
Listed by the IBA (International Bartenders Association) as one of their “Unforgettables”, the Dry Martini could be called one of the simplest cocktails to make. Yet, with only 2 ingredients, the margin for error makes it a difficult one to perfect. The officially recognised recipe calls for 6 parts gin and 1 part vermouth. Unless you have bar equipment with 60ml and 10ml measures, you might be juggling spoons to get the right quantities.
Depending on your preference of garnish, your martini with have differing subtleties. Choose the twist of lemon for a hint of bitter citrus, or add a cocktail olive for a lightly salted flavour.
The minimal ingredients leave the martini wide open to interpretation. In turn, the art of mixology accommodates the freedom of experimentation. We encourage you to get the basics of the martini down, then you can interpret this classic in your own way.
A classic martini glass is a wide V shape on a stem. This is sometimes criticised for being too prone to spillage. As such, the Nick and Nora glass with its taller bowl is becoming a popular alternative. A constant in martini recipes is that it is a cold drink. As such, a stemmed glass is best. A stem keeps your hand away from the bowl, ensuring your body heat won’t affect the overall serving temperature.
With no mixer in a martini, it’s considered a sipping cocktail, hence the smaller volume of the V shape glass being ideal. If serving with a straw, make sure to use a sip straw, which usually has a narrow bore of 3mm.
Shaken or Stirred?
One of the most iconic sayings associated with the Martini is, “shaken or stirred”. The common ferocity of shaking cocktails causes air to mix with the drink. Because of this, a stirred drink will be clearer when served. Also, shaking can cause the ice cubes to break. Shards of ice are more likely to melt and dilute the drink.
- 60ml gin
- 10ml dry vermouth
- Lemon Twist, or 1 Olive
- Chill your glass in preparation
- Fill a mixing glass with ice cubes
- Add 60ml of gin and 10ml of dry vermouth to the mixing glass and stir to chill
- Strain in to the chilled glass
- Squeeze a lemon peel over the drink, or garnish with an olive