How to Make a Martini

The martini is perhaps the classic cocktail―and making one is probably simpler than you think. Just follow the quick steps in this video.

What You Need

  • cocktail shaker
    gin (or vodka)
    dry vermouth
    cocktail strainer
    martini glass
    olive or lemon twist
Follow These Five Easy Steps
  1. Fill shaker with ice

    Fill it halfway. Chipped ice is best, since it cools the drink faster than cubes.

  2. Add gin

    Add 2 1/2 ounces gin (or, if you prefer, vodka). If you don’t have a 1-ounce shot glass, measure a little more than 1/4 cup.

  3. Add a splash of dry vermouth

    The less you add, the drier your martini will be.

  4. Stir or shake

    This blends the flavors, and the ice dilutes the alcohol a little.

    If you’re making a big batch of martinis, aim for a gin-to-vermouth ratio between 5-to-1 and 8-to-1 (if you like your martinis very dry).

  5. Pour and add a garnish

    Place the strainer on top of your shaker, and pour martini into glass. Garnish with an olive or a twist of lemon.

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