How to Make a Classic Martini Like a Pro

There is no other cocktail that has quite captured the public imagination like the classic martini. Whether it’s James Bond drinking his the wrong way — it should be stirred, as shaken martinis tend to be too diluted — or the image of the 1920s flapper, it’s a cocktail that exudes both class and sophistication.

And, made right, it also tastes pretty damn good. Luckily it’s not very difficult to make it right. All you need are the proper ingredients, a martini shaker, a chilled glass, and a reasonably high alcohol tolerance.

  • 1 oz. dry vermouth
  • 4 oz. gin
  • 1 cocktail glass
  • Olives or lemon twist
  1. Fill a metal shaker with cracked ice.
  2. Pour in the dry vermouth (we prefer Noilly Prat), stir briefly, and strain out (this may be discarded).
  3. Add 4 ounces of gin (we prefer Tanqueray, Bombay Sapphire, or Beefeater). You want it around 94-proof.
  4. Stir briskly for about 10 seconds, strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with an olive or a lemon twist.
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