Classic Martini

A classic martini is made with icy gin—although some folks prefer vodka—and dry vermouth. An olive and a twist of lemon peel are standard garnishes. Substitute a cocktail onion for the olive and you’ve got a Gibson.

Serves: 2Hands-on: 5 minutesTotal: 5 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 2


  • Ice
  • 5 oz. gin, preferably chilled
  • 1 oz. dry vermouth
  • 2 twists lemon peel
  • 2 olives


  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Pour gin and vermouth into the shaker, cover, and shake vigorously.
  • Strain mixture into two martini glasses and garnish each with a skewered olive and lemon twist.