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Vermouth • Dry
Reverse Martini

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If you like your Martinis bone dry (aka chilled gin in a glass) be forewarned—this is not the cocktail for you. The Reverse Martini is for lovers of aperitifs, bitter amaros and straight vermouth. A Martini turned on its head, this classic cocktail switches the standard ratio for gin with vermouth. Also known as the “Wet Martini,” this cocktail was allegedly legendary chef Julia Child’s favorite pre-dinner sipper. Just make sure to use a quality vermouth (the fresher the better) or a local craft vermouth (like VerVino) for your Martini. Because in this Martini, the vermouth is the star of the show.

The Essentials

London Dry Gin
Bar Spoon
The Details


2 oz Dry Vermouth
1 oz London Dry Gin
1 dash orange bitters
Lemon twist, for garnish


  • Add the vermouth, gin and bitters to a mixing glass with cubed ice. Stir with a bar spoon.
  • Using a julep strainer, strain the stirred cocktail into a chilled coupe glass.
  • Garnish with a twist of lemon.
Gin Dry Easy

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...