Perfect Martini

Shaken , Not Stirred
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Cuisine American
Servings 1 people


  • 2 1/2 ounce Freezing "Bombay Sapphire" gin
  • Cold "Noilly Prat" dry Vermouth A splash
  • 2 nos Green olives
  • Martini Shaker
  • 1 no Large Martini Glass
  • Olive Spear
  • Ice As required


  • Chill a Martini glass in the freezer for about 10 mins.
  • :- Martinis are best served at the lowest possible temperature.
  • Fill a martini shaker about 3/4 full of cracked, clean ice.
  • Pour your gin into the shaker and let stand for 60 seconds.
  • Shake, shake, shake, about fifteen, vigorous, diagonal shakes should suffice.
  • Put the shaker down and allow it to rest for another 60 seconds.
  • Get a well chilled martini glass from the freezer.
  • Pour a small amount of Vermouth into the glass and swirl the vermouth in the glass so that the sides of the glass are coated.
  • :- Discard the remaining Vermouth.
  • Spear an olive or two and place it in the glass.
  • Strain the gin into the glass.
  • :- Serve.
  • Variations:- :- Vodka Martini - Replace gin with vodka. :- Dirty Martini - Add 1/2 oz of olive juice into the shaker along with the gin/vodka. Add more olive juice if you like extra dirty martinis. :- Replace olives with a lemon twist or a pickled onion.
  • Tips:- :- Keep gin/vodka in the freezer. :- A cheap, lower quality ingredient will leave you disappointed. Good liquor, crisp olives, quality mixers will put a smile on your face. :- Keep your vermouth in the fridge so that you don`t warm your glass when you swirl with it. :-You can use different kinds of stuffed green olives to suit your mood, like pimento, jalapeno, garlic, lemon twist, mushroom, bleu cheese, sun dried tomato, turkish pepper etc :-Feel free to use your favorite gin and vermouth... after all your perception is your reality!
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Response (2)
  1. P
    Pooja December 14, 2006

    It is certainly the perfect martini!!!!

  2. r
    ravi April 4, 2006

    The martini was awesome, but I like pickled onions better than olives. Great recipe, yet to try out the different variations.. looking forward it.

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