How to Make a Martini

How to Cocktail: Martini

The Martini is probably the world’s most famous cocktail recipe, but do you know how to make one properly? Master mixologist and adviser Simon Ford shows you the right way to make both a gin and a vodka version.


  • 2.5 oz Gin
  • .5 oz Dry vermouth
  • 1 dash Orange bitters (optional)
  • Garnish: Lemon twist
  • Glass: Cocktail

Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir until very cold and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Discussion (10)

  • Nearcon01 posted 3 weeks ago

    I have a newer version that might be worth a try if you like a little heat. I prefer a vodka martini but I have added a twist that might get you going. I call it the devils martini. I make the martini by adding a teaspoon full of fresh picked Tabasco pepper juice into the mix before straining into the glass. I grow my own peppers so that's how I can use them. Another way is to buy them fresh at a farmers market and then add them to a quart mason jar and then fill it with vodka and let it set until you are ready to make your martini. I leave the stem on so that I can use one of the peppers for a garnish. To make the pepper juice I put about 2 doz peppers (stem removed) into my Ninga blender with a half shot of vodka and run until just a red slurry. you can make larger amounts but remember martini's are like ------ 1 is never enough and 3 are too many. Babu has spoken.

  • overtsr posted 2 months ago

    I love a good Dry Martini and the key is using a good Gin, like Tanqueray. I enjoy mine extra-dry. To mix, pour some dry vermouth in a cold glass, swirl around, and sling out the vermouth. Pour in a couple shots of Gin, add olives, and enjoy. The vermouth tames the “Christmas Tree” flavor of the Gin and leaves the finer flavor of the Gin.

  • jeff.e5d96e posted 2 months ago

    There's no such thing as a "vodka martini." Martinis are gin based. If you change it to vodka, it's called a Kangaroo.

  • guns101aolcom827587873 posted 5 months ago

    Lulu03, try Cinzano Rose, it's a fruit base vermouth and a sweeter Martini. A splash of Liltet, Potato Vodka based Martini's are an option too. Try variations. It's all in what you like.

  • A C posted 8 months ago

    Try Lillet Blanc in its place. It won't be a Martini, however.

  • posted 8 months ago

    i dont like dry vermouth what came i do

  • BarbJ posted 1 year ago

    @ hcompi.d89a - Well, you actually do want the ice to water it down just a bit. The chill and moisture of the ice is what makes it smooth. Otherwise it's really strong and a little harsh. If you want totally non-watered you order shots.

  • rig5094 posted 1 year ago

    @hcompi.d89a, it does water down the drink but if you use small ice, it shouldn't be too noticeable. Keep in mind that you can substitute vodka instead of gin.

  • hcompi.d89a posted 1 year ago

    doesn't the ice water down the drink ? new to martini

  • Arlequin posted 2 years ago

    Excellent! Miriam loved it. The best way to enjoy a classic martini. To be repeated, and added to my favorite list.

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