The Perfect Classic Martini: Shaken, Stirred, and Savored

Traditional Martini Cocktail: The Perfect Recipe

Dive into cocktail history with this timeless Classic Martini recipe. Whether you’re a seasoned mixologist or a curious beginner, this iconic drink is sure to impress.

The martini has sparked debates among cocktail enthusiasts for decades. Is it all about the gin, or can vodka step in? How much vermouth is too much? Should it be shaken or stirred? Let’s explore the art of crafting the perfect martini and uncover its fascinating evolution.

Contrary to popular belief, a true martini isn’t just cold gin or vodka in a fancy glass. The magic lies in the harmonious blend of spirits and vermouth, with a dash of bitters for added complexity. This recipe pays homage to the drink’s roots, featuring a generous pour of vermouth that would make cocktail purists proud.

Throughout the early 20th century, martinis boasted a hefty dose of vermouth – often sweet Italian vermouth rather than the dry French variety. In fact, a “dry martini” originally meant one made with dry vermouth, not a lack of it. It wasn’t until the 1950s and 60s that the “less is more” approach to vermouth gained popularity.

Today, we’re reviving the classic 2:1 gin to vermouth ratio, with a nod to tradition by including orange bitters. Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it – this small addition can elevate your martini to new heights of flavor.

Classic Martini Cocktail


  • 2 ounces dry gin
  • 1 ounce dry vermouth
  • 1 dash orange bitters (optional, but highly recommended)


  1. In a mixing glass, combine gin, vermouth, and orange bitters (if using). Fill the glass with ice and stir gently for about 30 seconds to chill and dilute the drink perfectly. Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass. For the finishing touch, twist a strip of lemon peel over the drink to release its oils, then use it as a garnish. If you prefer the classic olive garnish, feel free to add one or two – but remember, less is often more when it comes to martini olives.
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
173 Calories
0g Fat
3g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 173
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 2mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 28mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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