A cool refreshing cocktail that will remove the furrows from your brow. Use only the best quality gin. Note: Skewering the olive with a toothpick makes it easier to pick out when you're ready to eat it.

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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in the vermouth, followed closely by the gin. Shake while counting to 30. Divide into 2 cocktail glasses. Garnish with 1 olive each.

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Nutrition Facts

161.6 calories; 0.1 g protein; 1 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 84.4 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2003
Everybody has their own opinion on what they consider a "perfect" martini. I'm actually not that picky as long as it's not too watered-down. I would call this recipe very nearly perfect. I usually swirl my martini (in the shaker) until my fingers start to freeze which might be a little less than 30 seconds. If there is any left in the shaker I pour it into a spare glass so it doesn't get too watered-down with melting ice. Lately I've been using anchovy-stuffed olives which I find quite delightful. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/14/2011
This martini does have a nice ratio. But really no good martini with olives only has one olive. I always use 3 and have fun with the stuffing (depends on what the finger food is). Read More
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24 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2003
Everybody has their own opinion on what they consider a "perfect" martini. I'm actually not that picky as long as it's not too watered-down. I would call this recipe very nearly perfect. I usually swirl my martini (in the shaker) until my fingers start to freeze which might be a little less than 30 seconds. If there is any left in the shaker I pour it into a spare glass so it doesn't get too watered-down with melting ice. Lately I've been using anchovy-stuffed olives which I find quite delightful. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2003
Oooohh Shaggy! I've always wanted to order a martini as I like gin but feared the disappointment. So I made your recipe just to test drive this baby and I'm in LOVE! Can't verify its perfection however since I haven't had much experience. But I gave this five stars on its own merits. Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/22/2008
Being a retired Bartender I was happy to see a great Martini recipe that's made with Gin! As of late Martini's almost always have been made with vodka. I do love your Martini recipe but even more I love to change it into a gibson & add a few cocktail onions now that's a great drink! Good job on all of your classic's. Someone really did do their homework! Thanks Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/22/2009
I'm an 80 year old martini lover. The oldest recipes were two parts vermouth to one part gin I prefer four parts gin to one of vermouth and I prefer Noilly Prat over Martini-Rossi or Boisierre. Any good gin will do. some say the name came because it was first served at an inn in Martinez California. Others think it was named for the fine and powerful British Army Rifle the Martini. The Martini rifle had a powerful "kick" and so does a good Martini cocktail. This recipe is 8 to 1 and a bit drier than I like but it is a good one. If you like this try a bit more vermouth at least once. Ask me about my cousin Elizabeth's choice of vermouth! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/17/2008
To make it even more "perfect" don't shake it just stirr slowly. Shaking infuses air into the drink and changes it's flavor (bruises the gin?). As a long time "shaker" I found could really tell the difference when this was pointed out to me years ago by a barkeeper in Manhattan. Just try it. James Bond was just plain wrong (but we knew that when he chose vodka over gin). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/09/2008
Classic cocktail! A Gin martini is the only true martini no? This is a near perfect ratio gin to vermouth but I do like my martini a little "dirty"... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/22/2008
As near perfect as you can get.Garnish with two olives stuffed with Jalapeno.OOOOOOOO SOOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOD. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2009
A true classic. One hint i have is to keep your gin in the freezer. Fabulous!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/31/2008
It has to be dry to be good. The only change I make is that I use a lemon twist instead of the olive. Or sometimes a pickled onion to make a Gibson. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/14/2011
This martini does have a nice ratio. But really no good martini with olives only has one olive. I always use 3 and have fun with the stuffing (depends on what the finger food is). Read More
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