How to Make the Perfect Martini

A martini is a classic drink made of gin and vermouth with olives or a lemon twist. The perfect martini is always served chilled, in an iced glass, with no ice. Though there are many different variations on the classic cocktail, like the dirty martini which has olive brine added to it for flavor, To begin, gather the ingredients listed below: one part gin (try Bombay Sapphire), two parts dry white wine (such as Noilly Prat), some olives or lemon twists for garnish and finally good quality vodka inside an empty shaker filled halfway with ice cubes.

It’s traditionally made with gin, dry vermouth, and olive brine. However, the variations are endless! You can use vodka or white wine instead of gin, add different herbs like fresh basil leaves or rosemary sprigs to the mix, or even experiment with flavored liqueurs like raspberry syrup if you want something sweet. To make one at home all you need is some ice cubes (preferably in an ice tray), gin (or your favorite spirit), dry vermouth (or red wine vinegar), olive brine (store-bought or homemade) and an assortment of olives and/or pickled vegetables to garnish.