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The less vermouth in it, the drier the martini.

  • Servings: 4

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.

Reviews (4)

  • 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,

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