How To Make A Gin Martini

Vodka Martinis may be popular, but if you want a true Martini it should be made with gin. Despite vodka's popularity, most cocktail aficionados would agree that the best Martini recipe is a gin Martini recipe. Looking into the history books for the origins of the Martini will reveal a similar story: the earliest recognizable Martini recipes, from Italy and the United States, all call for gin. Favoring vodka over gin isn't the only thing that's changed over time -- early recipes were much heavier on the Vermouth.

Gin Martini Ingredients

  • 2 ¾ oz Gin
  • ¾ oz Dry vermouth
  • Lemon twist or olives for garnish

Gin Martini Directions

  1. Combine ingredients in an ice-filled mixing glass or shaker.
  2. Stir vigorously for 15 seconds.
  3. Strain into chilled coupe or Martini glass.
  4. Garnish with lemon twist or olives and enjoy.

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Updated: 2020-09-01

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Gin Martini Variations To Try:

  • L’Orange Martini Recipe - For those who love oranges, look no further. This drink takes all of the best parts of a Martini and adds plenty of citrus flair. Orange liqueur, orange bitters, and an orange twist result in a lively (and boozy) Martini.
  • Espresso Tim Tam Martini - In need of a little caffeine boost? This espresso-spiked recipe calls for vodka, coffee liqueur, espresso, and chocolate Tim Tams. Can’t find the Australian-madecookies? Swap in another chocolate treat instead.
  • The Rosé Martini Recipe - This recipe is perfect for dialing down the sweetness on a bottle of rosé that’s just a little too cloying. The balance of pink wine and dry vermouth makes for a pleasant low-ABV Martini alternative.
  • The Rye for Breakfast Martini Recipe - When a morning Mimosa just isn’t strong enough, this breakfast Martini will do the trick. Rye whiskey replaces vodka or gin. Thus riff also calls for blackberry jam, which doubles as a drink component and a brunch accoutrement.