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Martini cocktail bar set in a glass with olives and vodka or gin bottles.

Classic Martini Cocktail Recipe

  • Author: Kevin Mayfield
  • Prep Time: 2 Minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Cocktail 1x
  • Category: Classic Cocktail


The suave Martini is a mid century favorite cocktail with deep roots in films and books. It is a refreshing, simple cocktail best enjoyed ice cold.



Two scoops of ice

1-1/2 Ounces Gin or Vodka

1-1/2 Ounces Dry Vermouth

Olives or a lemon twist for garnish


  1. Place two scoops of ice in cocktail shaker
  2. Pour in spirit and vermouth 
  3. Cover with lid and shake vigorously for several seconds
  4. Strain into a cocktail glass
  5. Add garnish of olives or lemon twist
  6. (optional) Add two bar spoons of olive juice


You can play around with the amount of vermouth you add to the drink, but 50-50 is considered optimal. Feel free to experiment and add more vermouth for an Upside Down Martini.

If you add bar onions the drink becomes a Gibson, which is also delicious.

Keywords: Vodka, Gin, James Bond, 007, Vesper, Martini, Martini & Rossi, Olives, Dirty Martini, Mad Men Cocktails, Mad Men Martini, Shaken not Stirred Martini