Every bar, every restaurant, every venue that you attend, a Martini will be on the menu.

It’s simple, classic, and for many, it’s their go-to cocktail. The nice thing about the Martini is the little number of ingredients that are needed. Just gin or vodka, vermouth, and a garnish that is usually a lemon peel or olive. Most people will already have these ingredients on hand.

Martinis have been around since the early 1800s and while the origin has gone through a game of telephone, the drink is a classic. With so many variations of this drink, there’s bound to be one that’s suitable to everyone’s liking.

Here a few things to keep in mind when ordering a Martini:

  •     A dry Martini is made with little to no dry vermouth.
  •     A perfect Martini will have both dry and sweet vermouth.
  •     A dirty Martini contains olive brine or juice.

Here is a classic recipe for this classic cocktail.

Classic Martini

Classic Martini

The Martini

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 oz. Gin or Vodka
  • 1/2 oz. Dry Vermouth
  • Ice
  • Lemon Peel or Olives

Preparation: Chill the Martini glass before serving by placing it in the freezer. Place the gin or vodka and dry vermouth into a mixing glass. Add ice and stir for 30 seconds. Strain the mixture into your chilled Martini glass and garnish with a lemon peel or olive.

Tip: Pinch the back of the lemon peel over the Martini. Rub the peel around the rim of the glass then drop it in.

Variations:

The Mocha Martini

The Mocha Martini

The Mocha Martini

A blend of espresso, gin and dark chocolate liqueur is the perfect cocktail to end the night with.


Martini 1

Martini 1

Martini 1

Impress your friends with this twist on a Martini! The raw white honey syrup gives it just the right amount of sweetness.


Lemon Meringue Martini

Lemon Meringue Martini

Lemon Meringue Martini

Lemon Meringue pie lovers, this cocktail is for you! This sweet and creamy Martini will be the best drink when rolling into spring.