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Dry Martini

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If all you want to taste in your Martini is juniper-heavy gin or crisp, slatey vodka, then you want a Dry Martini. Made with just a whisper of dry vermouth, this is a purist’s drink. It’s about as close as you can get to drinking a spirit straight while still being able to call it a cocktail.

The Essentials

The Details


2.75 oz Gin
.25 oz Dry Vermouth
Lemon Twist or Olive, For Garnish


  • Stir gin and dry vermouth in a mixing glass with ice until very cold.
  • Using a julep strainer, strain into a chilled coupe glass.
  • Garnish with a lemon twist or olive.
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Though the drink itself is the epitome of effortless cool, the Martini’s history is full of frenzy and dispute. Some say it’s a bastardized Martinez, a drink created at the Occidental Hotel in San Francisco for a flush gold miner who demanded a drink be named in his honor. Others say it was immaculately conceived at New York’s Knickerbocker H...