Gin Martini

Classic Gin Martini

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Recipe

Ingredients (serves 1):

Ice (cubes, not crushed)
3 ounces gin
1/2 ounce dry vermouth
Martini olives

Directions:

  • Fill a Boston-style cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Slowly add vermouth to coat the ice cubes (for an extra-dry martini, drain off any vermouth that reaches the bottom of the shaker).
  • Add gin.
  • Join the two halves of the shaker together and shake briskly for 15-20 seconds.
  • Set shaker aside to rest for a minute.
  • Give the shaker 2-3 quick shakes, then strain into chilled martini glass.
  • Garnish with two skewered olives.

Bartender’s note:  Make sure to shake the gin martini briskly enough for the ice cubes to begin breaking apart.  Allow some ice flecks to come through the strainer so that a thin layer of ice floats on the surface of the cocktail.

Total time: 5 min | Prep: 5 min | Cook: N/A

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