martini cocktail

The Martini is one of the most recognizable cocktails out there.
it contains dry gin and vermouth.
today I will teach you how to make the most basic one the dry martini.

The martini dates back to 1920′.
because of that fact today we have so many variations and twists to this timeless classic that you can get very confused, very fast.

you can have a Vodka martini or a Gin martini, you can choose between a Dirty Martini or dry Martini.
all of which are wonderful variations.
but here I will focus on the most basic and classic one – The Dry Martini.

Quality of the Vermouth

Vermouth is just a fortified wine that’s been aromatized with different herbs and spices.
he has some variations like a dry or sweet.
in its early day’s vermouth was used in medicine.
vermouth was first produced in the 18th-century first in Turin, Italy and later in France.

For martinis and spirit-forward cocktails that call for vermouth.
it’s super important that you’ll choose a good brand.
some recommendations are Cinzano Extra Dry (very good value for money) and Alessio Vermouth Bianco (top-shelf).

martini cocktail

How to Make a Martini

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes


  • 60ml / 2oz - London Dry Gin
  • 15ml / 0.5oz - Dry vermouth


  1. add all ingredients into a mixing glass, add ice
  2. stir for about 30 seconds
  3. strain into a chilled martini glass
  4. garnish with a lemon zest or a green olive (depends on how you prefer it)


make sure to chill the glass in advance!

Feel free to experiment with these ingredients maybe try to add a dash or two of your favorite bitters.
try to adjust the ratio between gin and vermouth, or replace the gin with a top-shelf vodka to see if you like it better.

That’s what I love about classic cocktails, you can always make them the way you like.
they are basic enough so you can tweak and change the ingredients to make it your own.

Let me know what you think in the comments, or just share your recipe here, Cheers!