Classic Vodka Martini
A martini, the definitive cocktail—shaken, of course, not stirred. Everything about this drink is frosty, ice-cold and sleek. I like my martinis shaken hard at least 20 times so that the vodka gets very cold and you have little slivers of ice floating in the drink. This takes the sting out of it, making it go down more smoothly. The glasses should be chilled in advance by filling them with ice and cold water, which you pour out just before straining the vodka mixture into them; as an easier alternative, you can simply leave the glasses in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. As for garnishes, the classic martini takes a cocktail olive, either pitted and plain or pimiento-stuffed, depending on your preference. There are also many types of gourmet olives; you can find them stuffed with chilies, almonds, garlic and anchovies.
- 12 ounces top-quality vodka (or gin)
- 1 ½ - 2 ounces dry vermouth (or less if you prefer it “very dry”)
- Olives or lemon peel, for ganish
1. Chill 6 martini glasses.
2. Fill a shaker full of ice. Add the vodka (or gin) and vermouth. Shake well and strain into the glasses.
3. Serve with olives or a twist.