What You Need
- cocktail shaker, ice, gin (or vodka), dry vermouth, cocktail strainer, martini glass, olive or lemon twist
Fill shaker with ice
Fill it halfway. Chipped ice is best, since it cools the drink faster than cubes.
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.
Add a splash of dry vermouth
The less you add, the drier your martini will be.
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).
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.