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Martini Cocktail


The Martini cocktail is a drink made with gin, dry vermouth, and bitters.

Martini Cocktail Origin

Who made the first Martini cocktail? A great question. However, you might fall into a deep, dark rabbit hole trying to find the answer to this question. It was a California prospector in the 1849 Gold Rush, or a barman at a New York City hotel fifty years later, it depends on who you ask. The Martini was most likely a cocktail that exploded onto the market in multiple locations at once as bartenders experimented with dry vermouth and gin. But one thing is clear! No origin story can make you feel as content and happy as a well-made Dry Martini.

We do know one thing: The original drink, according to early recipes was sweet. In the nineteenth century, cocktail books often called for sweet vermouth (Italian) The Dry Martini we mix today was created in 1905 when dry gin, dry Vermouth, and possibly a little orange bitters became the new standard.

Perfect The Martini

Make sure you have good ingredients when making this drink. There is no room for error in a simple cocktail. Start with a London-style Gin. Add a bit of dry vermouth to the mixture. Although the ratio can be adjusted, the most common formulas are between four and eight parts gin and one part vermouth. The room is tied together with a dash of orange bitters.

Most people think the Martini should be stirred and not shaken, despite the demands of a fictional British spy (James Bond), but I shake mine. Just make sure the cocktail is clear without any ice. If stirred you should stir it for 20-30 seconds to ensure the right dilution. Strain it into the glass named after the drink. Add a lemon peel or olives and you've got a Dry Martini. This drink is worth trying. You might even drink it more than once.

There are many variations of this drink. We're not talking here about the ubiquitous Tinis from the 1980s and 1990s. The legitimate variants include the Vodka Martini (self-explanatory), Reverse Martini (swap your vermouth and gin ratios), or the Perfect Martini (which features an equal amount of sweet and dry vermouth). The Dry Martini is the most popular so learn it first then experiment with its cousins.


The Martini cocktail! A drink for the Bond fans.

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Course: Cocktail, Drink
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 1 minute
Mix Time: 1 minute
Servings: 1 Serving(s)


  • 60 ml Gin
  • 20 ml Dry Vermouth
  • 1 dash Orange Bitter


  • Add ice to your shaker.
  • Add your ingredients.
  • Shake it cold.
  • Strain into a Martini glass.
  • Garnish with olives or a lemon peel.
  • Serve!

Video Instructions

Calories: 159kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 1mg | Sugar: 1g | Iron: 1mg
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