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The Perfect Gentleman’s Martini

Updated on November 23, 2011
Classic Martini
Classic Martini | Source

The origin of the martini is steeped in mystery, but it remains a popular classic . Classic martini’s are made using gin or vodka mixed with dry vermouth. A martini’s dryness is determined by how much vermouth is used. A dry martini has little vermouth and a wet martini has quite a lot of vermouth. Dirty martini’s are so named due to olive brine added to a traditional martini. I favor both the traditional and the dirty martini.

The James Bond character made the martini a symbol of sophistication when he declared it must be shaken not stirred. Quite frankly I feel the same. Martini glasses should be chilled prior to serving. Glasses can be wet and placed in the freezer until frosted or glasses may be chilled placing ice and soda into a glass until chilled and then emptied out immediately prior to serving .

Cheese tray
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Traditional Gin or Vodka Martini

Chill martini glass

Pour ½ oz. vermouth into shaker

Shake and pour liquid down the drain

Add 3 ½ oz gin or vodka to shaker


Empty ice from chilled glass

Coat inside of glass with vermouth

Pour vermouth in glass down the drain leaving the interior coated

Strain drink in shaker into chilled martini glass

Garnish with olive

Dirty Martini

Chilled martini glass

Place 3 oz vodka into shaker

Add 1 oz vermouth

Add ½ oz olive brine

Shake gently

Strain into chilled martini glass

Garnish with an olive


Washington Apple Martini

Chill martini glass

Place 1 cup ice in shaker

Add 1.5 oz whisky

1.5 oz sour apple schnapps

1.5 ox cranberry juice

Shake gently

Strain into chilled martini glass

Garnish with fresh apple slice

Beluga Caviar
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Food recommended to be served with martinis

Salty Nuts

Cheese platter ( brie, cambozola, manchenga)

Crab Salad

Caviar on ice

Thinly sliced banquette topped with thinly sliced roast beef and fraiche horseradish

Salmon Mousse on cucumber slices


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      Billie 3 years ago

      Oh I love this article! The martini is indeed a classic drink that fits just about any occasion. With the holidays coming up it is a great skill to be able to craft a perfect martini for hosting parties. Check out this step by step video for making the classic wet martini

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      Hudson Pierce 5 years ago from United States

      Thanks for the thumbs up!!!!

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      I pinned this!

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      Hudson Pierce 6 years ago from United States

      Thanks, Beth :)

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      Beth Godwin 6 years ago

      That was some good martini!! I tried the dirty martini!! Served with crab dip cheese and nuts! Thanks Hudson!

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      Hudson Pierce 6 years ago from United States

      Thanks, Let me know how it goes over with the boys!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      I'm not much of a drinker, but I'll share this great recipe with hubby and his pals! Voted up.

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      Hudson Pierce 6 years ago from United States

      Come on over, bring the wife! 5:00 is HAPPY HOUR!!! PS Bring the caviar

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      Randy Godwin 6 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Yum, yum, gimme some!