Classic
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Gin • Dry
50/50 Martini

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When you want to drink a Martini, but don’t want to feel like you drank a Martini, opt for the 50/50. The cocktail takes its name from its proportions, equal parts gin and dry vermouth. This refreshing combo significantly lowers the drink’s ABV and intensifies its zesty, herbal vermouth flavors. Because it’s much more prominent here than in a classic Martini, make sure you opt for a really great dry vermouth and double check that it’s still fresh—you remembered to store the bottle in the fridge and not on the bar, right?

The Essentials

dry vermouth
gin
orange bitters
Bar Spoon
The Details

Ingredients

1.5 oz dry vermouth
1.5 oz London dry gin
2 dashes orange bitters
Lemon twist, for garnish

Method

  • Add gin, orange bitters and vermouth to a mixing glass. Add ice and stir until very cold.
  • Using a julep strainer, strain into a chilled coupe.
  • Express the lemon twist over the drink and drop in for garnish.
Easy
Strength:
Vermouth Dry Easy
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