Classic Martini Recipe – The Perfect Martini

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Classic Martini recipe contains gin and vermouth and is garnished with olives or a lemon twist.  Gin has always been the more traditional choice, but Vodka martinis have had a huge surge in popularity.  Now, the modern definition or version of a Classic Martini uses either gin or vodka, so give both a try.

Do your prefer your martini shaken or stirred?  Dirty with the olive juice?  Lots of green olives?  There are so many ways to enjoy them, try ordering your next one either,  Perfect, Dirty, Dry or Wet.  James Bond would order his vodka martini “Shaken, not stirred”, which is called a Bradford.  Others claim that, you never shake a martini, only stir.  Martini drinkers each have their own preference.   Once you learn the lingo you will be sampling the varieties of martini cocktails like a pro.


Some Famous Martini Quotes:

Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) – In his novel Farewell to Arms (1929):
”I had never tasted anything so cool and clean.” “They made me feel civilized.”

Journalist H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) – Journalist and critic:
“The martinis are the only American invention as perfect as a sonnet.”

Jackie Gleason (1916-1987) – American comedian, actor, and musician:
“A man must defend his home, his wife, his children, and his martini.”

Gerald Ford (1913-2006) – 38th President of the United States:
“The three martini lunch is the epitome of American efficiency.  Where else can you get an earful, a bellyful and a snootful at the same time?”


Classic Martini



Classic Martini Recipe – Perfect Martini Recipe:

Classic Martini Recipe - The Perfect Martini

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 serving


3 ounces good-quality gin or vodka (your choice)*
Splash or 1/2 ounce dry vermouth**
Ice Cubes
Pimento-stuffed green olives (large ones are best)
Lemon Twist

* For the best tasting martinis, store your gin in the freezer.

** Vermouth needs to be stored in the refrigerator as it is perishable.



Chill martini glasses by placing in the freezer.  A properly chilled martini glass means they should be in the freezer for a minimum of one hour prior to making martini cocktails.

Place 7 to 8 ice cubes in the chilled glass pitcher or metal cocktain shaker.  Note: Your glass pitcher or metal shaker should also be stored in the freezer.

Pour gin or vodka and vermouth into the chilled glass pitcher or a metal 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 fantastic classic martini.


Martini Terms – How To Order A Martini:


Two gin martinis

50-50 Martini – Use equal parts of gin and dry vermouth.

Dirty Martini – Make using some olive juice makes this martini cloudy and saltier. Add approximately 1 ounce brine from olive jar.

Dry Martini – Traditionally the term meant using more dry vermouth. Today the trend defines it as using little or no vermouth.

Gibson Martini – Garnish with a cocktail onion instead of olives or lemon twist.

Wet Martini – Using extra dry vermouth.

Martini – Gin is used in a traditional martini.

Martini on the Rocks – Served with ice.

Martini Up or Straight Up – Served without ice.

Perfect Martini – Using equal parts of sweet and dry vermouth.

Vodka Martini – Replace gin with vodka.

Shaken (Bradford) – Ice cubes, martini ingredients placed in metal container, covered with a glass container and held together with hands while shaking in an up and down motions.

Stirred – In a chilled mixing container the martini is stirred for about one minute with a spoon.


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