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A martini with served with lemon peel as garnish in the glass.
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The Classic Gin Martini

We also include the instructions for The Vesper, James Bond's martini. As known as a "James Bond" or "007."
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Classic Gin Martini
Servings: 1 Martini
Author: Phil


The Classic Martini

  • 2 ½ ounces gin, *see Gr8 Note
  • ½ ounce dry vermouth, *see Gr8 Note
  • 1 dash orange bitters
  • Lemon peel or stuffed olive, as garnish

OR, The Vesper

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • ¼ ounce Lillet Blanc

OR, The Dirty Martini

  • 2 ½ ounces gin or vodka, your preference!
  • ½ ounce dry vermouth
  • ¼ to ½ ounce olive brine or juice, to taste, the brand I prefer is Dirty Sue, though you can just use the juice from the olives you choose.
  • Olives on a toothpick, for garnish and a snack!


The Classic Martini

  • Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and stir vigorously for 20-30 seconds.
  • Strain into a chilled martini glass and add preferred garnish.

The Vesper

  • Stirred, not shaken, sorry James.

The Dirty Martini

  • Same directions, different ingredients.
  • Cheers!


GR8 Notes:

*The above 5:1 ratio is considered too ‘wet’ for some. Many prefer a dryer 10:1 ratio and some even less vermouth. I like 15:1.
Today many people prefer vodka instead of gin in their martini.

Anna's Gr8 Note:

I never liked a gin martini until I tried a couple of different gins. They each have a distinct flavor, so don't dismiss this beautiful, classic cocktail until you've experimented a bit. My fave is Boodles.
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