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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. When Martha made this recipe on Cooking School episode 403, she reduced the quantities and made 2 martinis.

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  • Servings: 8

Photography: Bryan Gardner

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2011


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


  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.

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