The Perfect Martini

img_0942Vodka? Gin? Shaken? Stirred? Dirty, or with a twist?  The are so many different recipes for this drink – this is my preferred recipe for the perfect Gin Martini.

The gin you use is up to you – do pick something with a punch of juniper.  Please don’t listen to James Bond though….  Always stir, don’t shake – this reduces the opportunity for the melting ice to dilute the drink!


  • 1/2 oz. Dry Vermouth (Noilly Prat)
  • 4 oz. Gin


  1. Fill a metal shaker with cracked ice.
  2. Pour the vermouth into the shaker, stir vigorously and then discard the liquid (though this is up to whoever is drinking this – and however ‘dry’ they want the drink:  Less vermouth = dry martini).
  3. Add the gin to the rinsed ice, and stir for about 30 seconds before straining into chilled martini cocktail glass.
  4. Either squeeze oil from lemon peel onto the drink and garnish with a twist of lemon, or garnish with olive.

Years ago at The Royalton Hotel in New York I saw the Mixologist spray vermouth onto the glass with a rather natty silver bullet atomizer after the drink had been poured, which added a bit of theatre….  perhaps a stretch too far for an evening at home?!