Classic Martini with Lemon

    2 minutes

    The classic cosmopolitan cocktail, very dry and smooth. Some people will always insist on less vermouth but this is how I like them.

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    Serves: 2 

    • 3 nips (90ml) gin
    • 1 nip (30ml) dry vermouth
    • 1 pitted green olive
    • 1 lemon slice
    • 1 cup ice

    Preparation:2min  ›  Ready in:2min 

    1. Scoop ice into a cocktail shaker. Pour in gin and vermouth. Cover shaker, and gently shake to mix vermouth and gin.
    2. Pour drink, without ice, into a martini glass. Gently drop olive and/or a half lemon slice into the glass.

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    There should be a lot less vermouth. I use half a cap. Also, the recipe forgets to mention that martinis can be served down, on the rocks. If you do shake it, keep in mind that the whole point of shaking is to aerate the liquor, which changes the taste - so shake it well, not gently. If you want, you can add baby pickled onions on a pick instead of an olive, in which case it is called a Gibson martini.  -  25 Jan 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This will make a good martini, but I suggest using 3 oz of a premium gin. Another key component to a GREAT martini is it being very well chilled. Start with your glass filled with crushed ice and water to chill glass. (pour out when glass is well chilled) Stanless steel shakers work best because they rapidly take the cold from the ice. 3 queen olives are a must.  -  25 Jan 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Nice and dry!  -  17 May 2000  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)