Who mixed the world’s first Martini? You could stumble down a very deep, dark rabbit hole trying to find out. Was it a California prospector during the 1849 Gold Rush or the barman at a flossy New York City hotel 50 years later? Both Martini origin stories hold water. Neither will leave you feeling as blissful and content as a well-made and classic Dry Martini.
Start with a good London-style gin. From there, add a little (not too much!) dry vermouth and dash of orange bitters. And despite the prissy demands of a certain fictional British spy, stir (don’t shake!) the hell out of it with ice and strain it into a glass named after the cocktail itself. Twist a lemon peel, and there you have it, a Dry Martini. It’s a drink worth getting to the bottom of.
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- 2 1/2 ounces gin
- 1/2 ounce dry vermouth
- 1 dash orange bitters
- Garnish: lemon twist
Add all the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and stir until very cold.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with a lemon twist.