The Martini

About the Martini

Once called the greatest American invention of all time, the actual origins of this cocktail are shrouded in mystery; credited to both Italy and San Francisco, CA. The Martini became the signature cocktail of the United States during prohibition and has endured as a true symbol of elegance and class. The Martini is an essential in every bartender’s toolkit and no self-respecting mixologist may use the title without mastering this cocktail. Also, note the Martini is made with GIN not vodka, and is STIRRED, and not shaken.

Empire Tip: Garnish with a lemon twist or olives to your preference.


Photo Credit to Alex Butterfield.

Ingredients in the Martini

  • 2.5 oz. Gin
  • .5 oz. Dry Vermouth
  • 1 Cocktail Olive/Lemon Twist

How to Make the Martini


Add all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice. Unlike James Bond, stir this one until well chilled and strain into a martini glass.

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       4.0 Stars
  • Served:      Neat
  • Strength:  Strong
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Flavor:       Spirit

Photo credit to Tom Hilton.