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Alanna Hale

Yield: Yields 1 drink

The martini is the great-grandfather of all stirred cocktails. I’ve found a 5:1 gin-to-vermouth ratio to be most pleasing to the greatest number of martini drinkers.

This recipe is excerpted from The Bar Book. Read our review.


  • 2-1/2 fl. oz. London dry gin
  • 1/2 fl. oz. dry vermouth
  • Ice cubes
  • 1 lemon twist or olive for garnish


  • Combine the gin and vermouth in a mixing glass and stir with ice cubes. Strain into a coupe or cocktail glass. Twist the peel over the surface of the cocktail and drop in the drink, or garnish with the olive, to serve.


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Reviews (2 reviews)

  • user-6951515 | 04/09/2019

    Now THIS is a proper martini. Excellent!

  • Maria66 | 05/14/2015

    I love this martini recipe, sometimes I add just a drop of lillet blanc too

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