January 9, 2013

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: Gin and stirred, this drink is the most classic cocktail of all.
Erika Kotite

Makes: 1


  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce vermouth
  • Ice
  • Green olive or lemon twist
In This Recipe


  1. Pour gin and vermouth into a shaker filled partway with ice.
  2. Stir vigorously with a long-handled cocktail spoon for at least 30 seconds.
  3. Strain liquid into a chilled martini glass. Garnish.

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Reviews (16) Questions (0)

16 Reviews

Susan May 9, 2014
After reading the comments, I may try cutting back on the vermouth. I've been making my 2-1 (gin to vermouth). I think I'll experiment with 3-1. Thanks, folks!
James R. March 20, 2014
Forget the vermouth and shake it before you strain it.
Jason W. March 20, 2014
2-to-1 is classic, although I prefer a 3-to-1 gin-vermouth ratio. If you have a good vermouth, the flavors are complimentary. The "whisper of vermouth" trend, as I've read it, started during prohibition when vermouth became more scarce. I figure, if you're going to go that route, just order a gin on the rocks and save the money and trouble.
patricia M. February 9, 2014
Hmm too bad people didn't read the whole recipe. No ice in the served Martini. I like a good vermouth in my Martini but it varies between 1/2 oz and a full oz.
Bronwen February 6, 2014
I like very dry martinis- I usually just rinse out the glass with a bit of vermouth and then add the cold gin.
Molly M. February 6, 2014
Well if you can believe Tom Lehrer's lyrics to "Bright College Days", it's "hearts full of youth, hearts full of truth, six parts gin to one part vermouth"!
Yimmy August 23, 2013
Ouch! Those ice chips melt and become water. Don't want water in my martini.<br />Good bartenders put in the gin or vodka and the desired vermouth, shake it lightly, and let it sit while they make another drink. Then it is poured into a chilled glass. The drink then has that little bite that is missing by over shaking.
Thesebmama May 5, 2013
I was raised with 3 parts Gin / 1 part Vermouth, one olive. This from the most fanatically classic Dad ever.
Thesebmama May 5, 2013
Please note that I am 61, so this proportion is from the 50s.
WalterG April 7, 2013
look at "original" recipes for the Martini and you will see a ratio more like the one shown, rather than the "whisper" of Vermouth used nowadays....tastes change. Making it as the drink was originally formulated is at least worth it to see what its progenitors intended.
Dave1944 April 7, 2013
Alton Brown suggests putting some vermouth into a shaker, shaking well, and draining the liquid. The ice is then combined with either vodka or gin. Don't know what the ratio of vodka to vermouth is but it is very low. Since I found out about Alton's version of the martini that's the only one I mix at home.
kbed814 February 7, 2013
Wow- way too much vermouth.
Author Comment
Erika K. February 7, 2013
what's your ratio?
kbed814 February 7, 2013
Classic- 1/4 ounce. Dry- 1/4 teaspoon or less
Author Comment
Erika K. February 8, 2013
I'll have to try that-thanks!
Charley C. April 7, 2013
My ratio: fill shaker halfway with ice. Pour in a bloop of vermouth. Shake and strain, discarding vermouth. Add gin and a dash of juice from the olive jar. Shake vigorously enough to dislodge tiny chips of ice. Strain into icy chilled glass. Drink quickly, while tiny ice sparkles are still suspended in the liquid.<br />