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The Perfect Martini Recipe

A perfect martini is a classic cocktail that's known for its simplicity and elegance. It's a drink that allows the quality of the ingredients to shine through. Here's a classic martini recipe, both "dry" and "wet," so you can choose your preferred level of vermouth.


  • 2 1/2 oz (75 ml) gin or vodka

  • 1/2 oz (15 ml) dry vermouth (for a "dry" martini) or sweet vermouth (for a "wet" martini)

  • Ice cubes

  • Lemon twist or olive for garnish (optional)


  1. Chill Your Glass: Place a martini glass in the freezer for at least 10-15 minutes before making the martini. A chilled glass keeps the martini cold from the first sip.

  2. Chill Your Spirits: In a mixing glass or cocktail shaker, fill it with ice cubes. Pour the gin or vodka over the ice.

  3. Add Vermouth: For a "dry" martini, add the dry vermouth to the gin or vodka. For a "wet" martini, use sweet vermouth. You can adjust the amount of vermouth to your taste, but 1/2 oz is a classic ratio that gives a balanced flavor.

  4. Stir or Shake: You can stir the ingredients or shake them, depending on your preference. Stirring tends to create a smoother, clearer martini, while shaking gives it a bit more aeration and a cloudy appearance. If you choose to shake, shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds.

  5. Strain: Using a cocktail strainer, strain the martini into the chilled martini glass. This will remove any ice chips or small ice shards from the drink.

  6. Garnish: If desired, garnish your martini with a lemon twist (for a subtle citrus aroma) or an olive (for a classic touch). You can also skip the garnish altogether if you prefer a clean look.

  7. Serve Immediately: A martini is best enjoyed ice-cold, so serve it right away. Sip slowly and savor the flavors.


  • The choice between gin and vodka is a matter of personal preference. Gin imparts more botanical and herbal flavors, while vodka provides a cleaner, neutral base.

  • Use high-quality gin or vodka for the best results, as the quality of the spirit greatly influences the taste of your martini.

  • Experiment with the amount of vermouth to find your preferred level of dryness or sweetness.

  • You can also try different garnishes, such as a cocktail onion (for a Gibson) or a twist of orange peel, to vary the martini's flavor profile.

Remember, the perfect martini is a matter of personal taste, so don't be afraid to adjust the ratios and garnishes until you find the martini that's perfect for you. Cheers!

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