3 Ways to Make Martinis

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3 Ways to Make Martinis
3 Ways to Make Martinis

From the martini, the famous James Bond cocktail, emanates an aura of power and class. The classic recipe consists of a combination of gin and vermouth. Some people, like 007 himself, usually ask the bartender to prepare the drink with vodka. Usually, the drink comes with an olive skewered on a toothpick, but a more daring option is the dirty martini, which uses some of the brine, too. In addition to the recipe, the way of preparation - stirred or shaken - also influences the final result.


Classic Martini (with gin)

  • Ice;
  • 75 ml of gin;
  • 15 ml of dry vermouth;
  • Green olive.

vodka martini

  • Ice;
  • 75 ml of vodka;
  • 15 ml of dry vermouth;
  • 1 green olive;
  • 1 Sicilian lemon twist.

Dirty Martini

  • Ice;
  • 75 ml of gin;
  • 15 ml of olive brine;
  • 1 toss of dry vermouth.


Method 1 of 3: Preparing the Classic Martini

Step 1. Place ice, gin and vermouth in a shaker

To make a Martini, you need a cocktail shaker or a mixing glass, also known as a mixing glass. Fill it with ice, add the ingredients and, with a ballerina, stir them for about 15 seconds.

There are people who prefer to mix the ingredients rather than just stir them

Step 2. Strain the drink into a martini glass

Now that the ingredients are well mixed and chilled, it's time to finish the preparation. Using the strainer (also known as a strainer in the bar world), carefully pour the contents into a martini glass.

Step 3. Garnish the cocktail with an olive and serve

After pouring the contents into the bowl, stick a single olive onto a toothpick and place it into the bowl. In the world of bars, these little decorations placed on drinks are called garnish. Serve the cocktail still cold!

Method 2 of 3: Making a "Vodka Martini"

Step 1. Place ingredients in mixer and mix well

First, fill the glass with ice to the brim. Then add 75 ml vodka and 15 ml dry vermouth. With the dancer, stir the ingredients for about 15 seconds.

If you prefer, you can mix the ingredients in a shaker

Step 2. Strain the martini into a chilled glass

After mixing the ingredients, take the strainer, place it in the mouth of the mixer and gently pour the contents into a chilled martini glass. The strainer is to retain the ice cubes, which are not part of the recipe.

To freeze the bowl, leave it in the freezer for a couple of minutes before preparing it

Step 3. Garnish the martini with an olive and a lemon twist

Now that you've poured the ingredients into the bowl, place an olive in the bottom of the bowl. Then add a fillet of lemon rind and serve the cocktail still chilled.

Method 3 of 3: Making a "Dirty Martini"

Step 1. Put ice in the shaker

You will need a cocktail shaker or a mason mug. Add enough ice to fill it completely.

Step 2. Add the gin, brine and vermouth

Now that you've filled the shaker with ice, add 75 ml of gin, 15 ml of brine and a toss of dry vermouth. Cover the shaker and beat ingredients for 10 to 15 seconds to mix.

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Step 3. Strain the martini into a glass and serve

After whisking or stirring the drink, place the strainer over the shaker and pour the contents into a martini glass. Finish with an olive and serve the cocktail immediately.


  • Vodka Martini is also known as Kangaroo.
  • To make a smoked martini, follow the same recipe as the dirty martini, but add a toss of Scotch whiskey so that the cocktail takes on a hint of smoky flavor.
  • If you follow the rules to the letter, adding a different garnish to the drink makes it a new drink. For example, if you use a small pickled onion in place of an olive, the cocktail is called Gibson.
  • There is a lot of controversy regarding the ratio between distillate and vermouth. Different experts argue differently for one recipe or another.
  • Stirring or beating the martini is also a matter of taste. Some people claim that by hitting the cocktail, you cloud it and "scratch" the gin, making it more bitter. On the other hand, other experts claim that whipping the gin releases its aromas and flavors. There are also those who say that the cloudy effect of the cocktail shaker lasts only a few seconds.
  • There are also cultural issues. Winston Churchill even claimed that he liked to watch the bottle of vermouth from afar while he sipped his Martini. It was just an old English bulldog excuse for drinking straight gin!
  • When James Bond arrives at the counter and orders a smoothed "vodka martini", there are other things at stake that have to do with the agent's personality: he is giving an order, being dominant and, to top it off, putting it between the rocks. of ice a Soviet distillate.
  • You can use different types of olives stuffed with pepper, cheese, onion, almond and caper. Each type of olive gives a different content to the brine and the cocktail.


  • If you drink do not drive.
  • Do not drink alcohol unless you are of legal age. In Brazil, it is forbidden to sell and offer drinks to people under 18 years old.
  • Drink responsibly. In excess, alcohol is bad for your health.

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