The Classic Martini

Posted on 15/11/13

Classic Martini with lemon twist

There is the Martini and then there are martinis.

The Classic Martini is a stylish, beautifully clear drink made of vodka or gin and just a splash of vermouth, garnished with a shred of lemon peel or a simple green olive. It will always remain a cocktail masterpiece, a timeless classic and is an all-time favourite here at Barney & Taylor.

We make a Classic Martini like this:

2 1/2 oz gin
½ oz dry vermouth
1 green olive or lemon twist
Orange or Angostura bitters


1. Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice cubes
2. Stir for 30 seconds
3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
4. Add a dash of orange or Angostura bitters
5. Sit back and savour…


Dry Martini – traditionally uses dry vermouth, however recent trends define a Dry Martini as using little or no vermouth
Gibson – garnish with a cocktail onion
Perfect Martini – use equal parts of sweet and dry vermouth
Dirty Martini – add a small amount of olive brine
50-50 – use equal parts of gin and dry vermouth
Vodka Martini – replace gin with vodka

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