The modern definition of a Classic
Martini uses either gin or vodka. Gin is the more traditional choice, but
vodka has had a huge surge in popularity. My husband and I really enjoyed our martinis!
Classic Martini Recipe - Perfect Martini:
Beverage and Cocktails
Yields: 1 serving
Prep time: 5 min
2 ounces good-quality gin or vodka (your choice)*
Splash or 1/2 ounce dry vermouth
Pimento-stuffed green olives (large ones are best)
* 1 ounce = 2 tablespoons - 1 shot glass = 1 1/2 ounces.
Chill martini glasses by placing in the freezer.
Pour gin or vodka and vermouth into a
cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes. Either shake or stir until cold (your choice) at least 10 seconds.
Strain into a chilled
martini cocktail glass. Serve straight up (no ice in the glass).
Garnish with either a couple of olives or a lemon twist.
My preference is three large olives.
Makes 1 Classic Martini.
Martini Terms - How To Order A Martini:
Martini - Gin is used in a traditional martini.
Vodka Martini - Replace gin with vodka.
Dry Martini - Traditionally the term meant
using more dry vermouth. Today the trend defines it as using little or no vermouth.
Wet Martini - Using extra dry vermouth.
Gibson Martini - Garnish with a cocktail
onion instead of olives or lemon twist.
Perfect Martini - Using equal parts of
sweet and dry vermouth.
50-50 Martini - Use equal parts of gin and
Dirty Martini - Make using some olive
juice makes this martini cloudy and saltier.
Martini on the Rocks - Served with ice.
Martini Up or Straight Up - Served without