Did you know that a classic Martini is made with gin, not vodka? Fun fact #2: James Bond got it totally wrong and you should always stir a Martini, not shake it! Right, now we’ve cleared those two important things up, on with the rest of the cocktail recipe! And honestly, it couldn’t be simpler.
4 parts gin*
1 part dry vermouth
1 strip of lemon peel or olives
Pop your gin and the martini glass in the freezer for at least half an hour before using
Add a handful of ice cubes to a mixing glass then pour in the chilled gin and vermouth
Stir gently around the rim for 30 seconds, then strain into the chilled Martini glass
Squeeze your sliver of fresh lemon peel over the drink’s surface (shiny side down) to release the oils, then drop it in the drink
Alternatively, pop three olives onto a cocktail stick and rest it across the glass
*Try 60ml gin with 15ml dry vermouth to start, then play around to find your ideal ratio.
The more vermouth you use, the “wetter” the Martini; the less, the dryer. The options range from a Naked Martini (around 10 parts gin to 1 part vermouth - literally just a spray or quick swirl of vermouth in the glass), to a Wet Martini (2:1 ratio), to the Fifty-Fifty version, which is equal parts vermouth and gin. Feel free to experiment until you find the level of ‘dryness’ that you most enjoy!
5 quick and easy twists on the classic Martini
There are a multitude of variations on the classic Martini recipe. Try any one of these easy tweaks to see which is your favourite!
Swop your olives for pickled cocktail onions and you’ve made a new drink: the Gibson!
Add two parts olive brine along with an olive garnish to turn this into a Dirty Martini
Blood Orange Martini: replace the vermouth with the equivalent in freshly squeezed blood orange juice
Smoky Martini: Use the above method with 50ml gin and 5ml Scotch whisky instead of vermouth. Garnish with a twist of lemon
Breakfast Martini: Shake or stir 60ml gin, 20ml lemon juice and 1tbsp orange marmalade in a glass-filled shaker or mixing glass until well combined. Strain into a Martini glass and garnish with a twist of orange peel.