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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.
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  • cocktail shaker
  • ice
  • gin (or vodka)
  • dry vermouth
  • cocktail strainer
  • martini glass
  • olive or lemon twist
  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.

    Tip: 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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