The Proper {Gin} Martini

Mark and I are of the mind that the only way make a proper martini is with gin (not vodka!)  Though we follow a traditional martini recipe, I thought I would share what goes in to one of our favorite drinks.

Proper Martini

First, rinse the inside of your martini glass with water and stick it in the freezer to get nice and frosty. Then pour the following into a martini shaker:

  • 2.5 oz London Dry Gin
  • .5 oz Dry Vermouth
  • 2-3 dashes of orange bitters (more traditional martinis use regular bitters)
  • a few ice cubes

Then STIR (don’t shake!) – in the words of Auntie Mame “you don’t want to bruise the gin!”  (side note: a good way to tell if your martini has been stirred and not shaken is to look at how clear it is.  Shaken martinis get cloudy)

Take your glass out of the freezer, put the strainer top on the shaker, and pour the contents into the glass.  I personally like to then add 1 feta-stuffed olive and 1 pimento-stuffed olive.

And voila! a tasty martini. Do you have a go to martini recipe?

We’d like to try our hand at making our own bitters soon (We’ll have to get your recipe, James Nelson!) as well as making our own gin! (I got this kit for Mark for Christmas that we have yet to break into)

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1 Comment on The Proper {Gin} Martini

  1. Larry Burnside
    August 20, 2013 at 3:23 pm (4 years ago)

    Call me if you need any experienced tasters.


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