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This classic cocktail will get a party started in no time.

  • Servings: 2

Source: Martha Stewart Living, August/September 1992


  • 3/4 cup vodka or gin
  • 2 teaspoons dry vermouth
  • Cocktail olives


  1. In a cocktail shaker half full of ice cubes, combine gin or vodka and vermouth. Shake well and strain into martini glasses. Garnish with olives and serve.

Cook's Notes

The less vermouth in it, the drier the martini.

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  • revlar 1
    11 NOV, 2013
    I store my Beefeater Gin in the freezer then place martini glasses in there about an hour before cocktail time. A 1/2 teaspoon splash of vermouth in each chilled glass a couple of chilled olives then pour in the gin ... no shaker to clean and no ice to waterdown the martini..... Cheers!
  • BoogieLove
    30 APR, 2008
    I put my martini glasses in the freezer after I've rinsed the bowl with water, it makes slight shards of ice around the rim. And, I've discovered capers make a great garnish instead of, or in addition to, olives. YUM!
  • lukecarmody
    15 NOV, 2007
    Definitely chill the glasses glasses before you make a Martini
  • sklop
    7 NOV, 2007
    I like to chill my martini glasses with ice while I'm making my martini. Also, before I add the gin or vodka to the shaker.. I like to shake the vermouth first, and then strain out the excess vermouth,