How to Make a Martini with Gin or Vodka and Vermouth
how to make a martini with gin and vermouth for your next party with
our martini recipes; classic, burnt or dirty martini. Well,
no two people will agree on how much gin to vermouth one should use for
a dry martini,
or whether to shake the cocktail or stir it. Of course,
if you are James Bond then it is shaken, not stirred and made with
vodka not gin!
For many the standard ratio of gin
to vermouth is 5:1, however, there are those who say that a 50:50 ratio
is better. The dryness of the martini depends on how little dry
vermouth is used in the martini recipe. The less vermouth the drier the
For those of you who like more vermouth in your martinis then
you should ask for a 'wet
which is more a 50:50 ratio or even
2 parts gin, 1 part vermouth.
The saying goes in America that if you
are ever lost in the desert just make up a martini and you will have 10
people appear from nowhere all telling you how to make a martini a
As a result I will give you several martini recipes for you to try and
you can then decide which one you prefer. The first martini recipe is
for the dry martini. However, even this title is hotly debated, as some
feel that a dry martini was created not based on the ratio of gin to
vermouth, but was a shift away from using a sweet vermouth to using a
How to make the perfect
So How do you
Make a Perfect
First of all you need to make sure that you have the best
ingredients that will bring out the taste you desire.
Getting the balance right in creating that perfect martini
Make the martini to your taste - no one else. There are so
variations that once you have the taste you like, then you have the
Dry Martini Recipe
4 green olives
8 fl oz (225ml) dry gin
4 fl oz (115 ml) dry vermouth
strips of lemon for garnish
Place ice cubes, dry gin and vermouth in a cocktail shaker and shake
gently a few times. Strain off and place in 4 glasses. Garnish with an
olive each on a cocktail stick and a twist of a lemon peel by placing
the cocktail stick into the glass.
For those of you who do
not like your
martinis shaken here's the same recipe, but stirred.
Take the dry gin and vermouth and place in a bowl with a handful of ice
cubes. Stir together with a spoon and strain into 4 glasses.
Garnish with the olives and lemon peel.
Here is another martini recipe using gin that serves 1. Stir ice, 2.5
fl oz (75ml) gin and 0.5 fl oz. (15ml) vermouth in a mixing glass.
Strain into a martini glass and garnish with an olive.
Variations on How to Make a Martini
There is a martini called a 'dirty
martini' which you either love or hate. It is made up of 2
of gin or vodka, 1 oz olive juice, 3 green olives on a cocktail stick.
There is also a version of the martini called a 'burnt martini' that
instead of vermouth and can vary in taste according to how much scotch
is added and the quality of the scotch itself.
I leave you with a little ditty from Dorothy Parker, a woman well-known
for her witty comments:
"I like to have a martini
Two at the very most.
After three I'm under the table,
After four, I'm under my host."