Dry Martini
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Dry Martini
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4.78 / 5
The Dry Martini is a classic cocktail that has been enjoyed by cocktail enthusiasts for decades. Its origins can be traced back to the late 19th century, when it was ... more The Dry Martini is a classic cocktail that has been enjoyed by cocktail enthusiasts for decades. Its origins can be traced back to the late 19th century, when it was first created using a mix of gin and sweet vermouth. Over the years, the recipe has evolved to include different variations and ratios, but the classic Dry Martini is typically made with 60ml of gin and 10ml of white vermouth. The name "dry" comes from the use of dry or white vermouth, which gives the cocktail a more subtle and crisp flavour compared to the sweeter red vermouth. The dry gin used in the cocktail adds a strong juniper flavour, while the vermouth adds a hint of herbal and bitter notes. It is typically served chilled in a martini glass and garnished with a green olive or lemon twist. This timeless cocktail is known for its smooth and sophisticated taste, making it a favorite among cocktail connoisseurs.
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Gin
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Lemon, olive
Alcohol content
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36.57% | 2.56 units *

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Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

The Dry Martini is a quintessential cocktail that elevates the botanical nuances of gin with the subtle dryness of white vermouth, creating a beautifully balanced and sophisticated drink. Its crisp, clean flavor profile is achieved through precise stirring, not shaking, ensuring that the gin's signature juniper notes and the vermouth's herbal whispers mingle perfectly without the dilution of over-agitation.

Method
How to make a Dry Martini

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice cubes
Stir well then strain into a chilled cocktail glass
Garnish with an olive and a squeeze of lemon peel oil and serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Stir  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the history of the Dry Martini?

The Dry Martini is a classic cocktail with debated origins. One popular theory suggests it evolved from a cocktail called the Martinez, served in the mid-1800s in Martinez, California. Another theory points to the bartender Jerry Thomas at the Occidental Hotel in San Francisco who might have invented it for a miner on his way to Martinez. Over time, the Dry Martini became known for its simpler, drier profile compared to earlier versions, primarily due to the reduced amount of vermouth.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

How should a Dry Martini be served?

A Dry Martini should be served cold in a chilled cocktail glass. It is traditionally stirred over ice, then strained into the glass. A lemon twist or an olive can be used as a garnish, depending on personal preference.

FAQ

What is the difference between a Dry Martini and a Wet Martini?

The difference lies in the amount of vermouth used. A Dry Martini contains less vermouth, typically with a higher gin to vermouth ratio, like the recipe provided with 60ml of gin to 10ml of white vermouth. A Wet Martini, on the other hand, has a higher proportion of vermouth to gin, making it milder and slightly sweeter.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute gin with another spirit in a Dry Martini?

While gin is the traditional spirit used in a Dry Martini, you can substitute it with vodka to make a Vodka Martini. The choice of spirit changes the flavor profile significantly, offering a cleaner, less botanical taste compared to the classic gin-based version.

FAQ

Is there a specific type of vermouth recommended for a Dry Martini?

For a Dry Martini, dry (or white) vermouth is recommended to complement the botanicals in the gin and maintain the cocktail's crisp, dry character. The quality of vermouth can significantly affect the taste of the drink, so choosing a high-quality brand that matches your taste preferences is advisable.

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