This is the real Martini. A blend of gin, dry vermouth and orange bitters, this nearly forgotten original iteration of the ubiquitous symbol of elegance is now reclaiming its rightful place as one of the most classic of all classic cocktails. While it could be a bastardized version of the Martinez, which came to life in San Fransisco, some say New York’s Knickerbocker Hotel created it. Whatever its origins, the original Martini is a cocktail every dedicated drinksmith should taste at least once. Though the official recipe doesn’t call for a garnish, go ahead and add a lemon twist if you wish.
- Add all ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice.
- Stir until chilled thoroughly, and strain into a couple glass.
- Garnish with a lemon twist.
Mix it Up
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This cocktail first made an appearance in the mid-1800s when French Foreign Legionnaires were encouraged to drink Dubonnet Rouge—a fortified wine infused with herbs, spices and quinine—to protect against malaria. But it wasn’t until the Queen Mother got her hands on the drink in the 20th century that the Dubonnet Cocktail truly took hold. The...