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How to Make a Classic Martini

The days of the three-martini lunch may be over, but this sophisticated drink will never go out of style.


  • Step 1: Chill glass Chill the martini glass by filling it with ice and water and set it aside.
  • TIP: Martinis should be very cold—storing your martini and mixing glass in the freezer will keep your finished drink even cooler, longer.
  • Step 2: Fill with ice Fill the mixing glass with ice.
  • Step 3: Add gin Add the gin.
  • TIP: A traditional martini is made with gin, but a vodka martini simply replaces one liquor with the other.
  • Step 4: Add dry vermouth Add the dry vermouth.
  • TIP: A dry martini has less vermouth—for a very, very dry martini, just coat the ice cubes with vermouth, then dump out the actual liquor.
  • Step 5: Stir Stir with the spoon about 50 times, making sure your liquids are well mixed and chilled by the ice. Save the "shaken, not stirred" shtick for a James Bond martini.
  • Step 6: Empty & wipe Empty the ice water from the now-chilled martini glass and quickly wipe the inside to remove any trace of moisture.
  • Step 7: Strain into glass Strain the gin and vermouth mixture into the martini glass.
  • Step 8: Garnish Garnish your martini with one or three olives – tradition holds that only an odd number of olives should be used in a martini – and serve.
  • FACT: Winston Churchill liked his martinis so dry that he reportedly made them with straight gin, looked at a bottle of vermouth across the room, and drank.

You Will Need

  • 2 1/2 oz. gin (or vodka)
  • Ice
  • 1/2 oz. dry vermouth
  • Small
  • chilled olives with no pimento
  • A mixing glass
  • A cocktail strainer
  • A clean napkin or cloth
  • A martini glass
  • A long spoon
  • And a toothpick

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