Step 1: You will need
- some ice
- 25 ml Dry Vermouth
- 50 ml Gin
- some Green olives
- 1 Lemon
- 1 martini glass
- 1 mixing glass
- 1 strainer
- 1 knife
- 1 chopping board
- 1 25ml (1fl oz) single shot measure
- 1 50ml (2fl oz) double shot measure
Step 2: Chill the martini glass
Fill the martini glass with ice and leave it to cool as you mix the drink.
Step 3: Add the Vermouth
First fill your mixing glass with ice, then add 25 milliliters of dry vermouth.
Step 4: Stir
Stir the vermouth so that it coats the ice. When you have finished stirring, pour out the vermouth you don't want. A very dry martini will only use the vermouth coating the ice.
Step 5: Gin
Now pour 50 milliliters of gin into your mixing glass
Step 6: Stir again
Stir the drink once more
Step 7: Pour
Dump the ice out of the martini glass.
Put a cocktail strainer over the mixing glass, and pour.
Step 8: Garnish
The classic garnish for a martini is of course a green olive. Spear one or two of them with a cocktail stick and place in the drink.
You can also add a twist of lemon.
To make a twist of lemon, cut a thin slice of lemon peel.
Using the knife, scrape off the pith.
Run the twist around the lip of the glass, twist it over the drink, and drop it in.
Step 9: Variations
There are many variations on the classic martini depending on personal tastes and fashions. Here's some of the most popular;
The Vodka Martini. This is made exactly as the classic Martini but replacing the gin with vodka
To make a Dirty Martini add 1 or 2 teaspoons of olive brine to the glass
The 50:50 uses equal amounts of gin and vermouth
And finally, the presence of a silver skinned onion, instead of an olive, turns the classic martini into a Gibson