Classic Martini

Arguably the most time-honoured of all cocktails, the secret to a classic martini – as with all great recipes – is to use quality ingredients. Good gin and good vermouth are essential here. After that: olives or lemon? Shaken or stirred? Stuffed olives with blue cheese or pimento? That’s up to you.


  • 75ml dry gin
  • 15ml dry vermouth (we used Martini)
  • Ice
  • Olives and/or lemon peel, to garnish


  1. If possible, chill your glass in the freezer (or at least the fridge).
  2. Add ice, gin and vermouth into a cocktail shaker or mixing glass and shake/stir (this is to mix the ice well into the drink to chill it well).
  3. Strain into a glass. Rub the lemon peel around the rim of the glass before finishing with olives (we used pimento stuffed olives) and lemon peel.
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