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Set The Bar With A Classic Martini

How to make the crystal-clear, timeless cocktail

March 29, 2021 Kiri Tannebaum

There’s no other cocktail quite as striking as the martini. Though the silhouette of the glass is eye-catching, the beauty of a good martini comes from its crystal-clear aesthetic. It’s as simple as can be – just gin (historically) and vermouth. But over the course of a century, this iconic drink gained a few nuances, from dry to dirty. How “dry” or “wet” the martini depends on the quantity of vermouth playing against the botanical-forward gin.

Whether you prefer a vodka or gin martini, the drink is always prepared the same – stirred. (Pro-tip: Any cocktail that contains juice of any kind, is shaken. If it’s just booze, it’s stirred.) A classic martini with a lemon rind? It’s not shaken – sorry 007. Shaken, not stirred, makes sense for a dirty martini with the briny olive juice. Whether dirty or classic, wet or dry, a martini is a perfect pre-dinner drink to whet your palate for what’s ahead – from sushi to steak sandwiches.

Ingredients (for one serving):

  • 2 ½ ounces gin
  • ½ ounce dry vermouth
  • Ice
  • Lemon rind or pitted olives


  • Combine gin, vermouth, and ice in a mixing glass. Stir until the mixing glass feels arctic-cold to touch, about 30 seconds.
  • Strain into a martini glass.
  • Garnish with lemon rind or a skewer of pitted olives.

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