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I am new to the traditional martini. I would normally drink a Cosmo or wine or vodka sodas or beer… Hmmm there seems to be a trend here. 🙂

But I really wanted to try to enjoy a classic martini. They are super simple to make just make sure you use great ingredients. I can’t drink gin (we don’t get along) so I used vodka. Here is what you need.

Ingredients

1 1/2 ounces good-quality gin or vodka (I use grey goose)
6/8 drops of dry vermouth
Ice Cubes
Olives (I used my favorite olives)
Lemon Twist

* 1 ounce = 2 tablespoons – 1 shot glass = 1 1/2 ounces.

Preparation

Chill martini glasses by placing in the freezer.

Pour gin or vodka into a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes. Either shake or stir until cold (your choice) at least 10 seconds.

Strain into a chilled martini cocktail glass that has 6 to 8 drops of vermouth in it. Serve straight up (no ice in the glass).

Garnish with either a couple of olives or a lemon twist. My preference is three large olives.

Makes 1 Classic Martini. Dinner is served! 🙂

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