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Under 30 Minutes

Under 30 Minutes

Classic Martinis

Shaken or stirred? Vodka or gin? This classic cocktail can be varied according to your tastes and garnished. Try it with our vermouth-soaked olives.

  • prep: 5 mins
    total time: 5 mins
  • servings: 8


  • 4 cups vodka or gin
  • 1/4 cup dry vermouth
  • Ice cubes
  • Cocktail olives, caper berries, or cocktail onions, for garnish


  1. Step 1

    Shake or stir 1/2 cup vodka or gin and 1 1/2 teaspoons vermouth in an ice-filled shaker. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with olives, caper berries, or onions. Repeat with remaining vodka or gin and vermouth.

Martha Stewart Living, December 2011