A classic dry martini is made with gin, dry vermouth, and olives or a lemon twist for garnish. It’s one of the most well-known cocktails and remains popular more than 100 years after its creation.

Two dry martinis garnished with green olives.
Table of Contents
  1. Recipe ingredients
  2. Ingredient notes
  3. Step-by-step instructions
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Martini Recipe

Recipe ingredients

Labeled ingredients for a martini.

Ingredient notes

  • Gin: A distilled spirit flavored with juniper berries and, occasionally, other botanical herbs or spices. 
  • Dry vermouth: A fortified wine (made from grapes) that is often pale and always bitter compared to red, sweet vermouth.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. To a mixing glass filled with ice, add gin and vermouth. Using a bar spoon, stir until mixture is fully combined and well chilled, about 30-45 seconds.
Mixing up a dry martini.
  1. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with olives or a lemon twist.
Mixing up a dry martini.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This recipe makes 1 cocktail.
  • Glassware: Martinis are traditionally made in a cocktail glass, also known as a martini glass.
  • Big batch: Martinis are best prepared individually.
  • Extra dry: Made with almost no dry vermouth at all.
  • Dirty martini: Add a splash of olive brine to the mixing glass with the gin and garnish with an olive.
  • Wet martini: Use equal amounts of gin and dry vermouth.
  • Perfect martini: Use equal parts of dry and sweet vermouth.
  • Vodka martini: Substitute vodka for the gin.
  • Gibson cocktail: Garnish with cocktail onions instead of olives or a lemon twist.
  • Vesper martini: Increase the vermouth to 1 ounce, add ½ ounce Lillet blanc with the 3 ounces of gin, and garnish with a lemon twist.
  • Churchill martini: Omit the dry vermouth entirely and “should be prepared with gin straight from the freezer while glancing at a closed bottle of dry vermouth.”
Two dry martinis garnished with green olives.

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Two dry martinis garnished with green olives.

Martini

A classic dry martini is made with gin, dry vermouth, and olives or a lemon twist for garnish. It's one of the most well-known cocktails and remains popular more than 100 years after its creation.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 2 mins
Total Time 2 mins
Servings 1 cocktail
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Calories 219

Ingredients 

  • 3 ounces gin (6 tablespoons, see note 1)
  • 1/2 ounce dry vermouth (1 tablespoon, see note 2)
  • 2 pitted, brine-cured olives or lemon twist, for garnish

Instructions 

  • To a mixing glass filled with ice, add gin and vermouth. Using a bar spoon, stir until mixture is fully combined and well chilled, about 30-45 seconds.
  • Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with olives or a lemon twist.

Notes

  1. Gin: A distilled spirit flavored with juniper berries and, occasionally, other botanical herbs or spices. 
  2. Dry vermouth: A fortified wine (made from grapes) that is often pale and always bitter compared to red, sweet vermouth.
  3. Yield: This recipe makes 1 cocktail.
  4. Glassware: Martinis are traditionally made in a cocktail glass, also known as a martini glass.
  5. Big batch: Martinis are best prepared individually.
  6. Extra dry: Made with almost no dry vermouth at all.
  7. Dirty martini: Add a splash of olive brine to the mixing glass with the gin and garnish with an olive.
  8. Wet martini: Use equal amounts of gin and dry vermouth.
  9. Perfect martini: Use equal parts of dry and sweet vermouth.
  10. Vodka martini: Substitute vodka for the gin.
  11. Gibson cocktail: Garnish with cocktail onions instead of olives or a lemon twist.
  12. Vesper martini: Increase the vermouth to 1 ounce, add ½ ounce Lillet blanc with the 3 ounces of gin, and garnish with a lemon twist.
  13. Churchill martini: Omit the dry vermouth entirely and “should be prepared with gin straight from the freezer while glancing at a closed bottle of dry vermouth.”

Nutrition

Serving: 1cocktailCalories: 219kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 125mgPotassium: 5mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 31IUCalcium: 4mgIron: 1mg
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