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The Perfect Martini

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It seems appropriate for me to post my own recipe for a perfect Martini given the name of this relatively new blog. To be sure, I did not invent this particular mixology, but I do stand by it. (A friend’s mother outside Philadelphia taught it to me a long time ago and that is all you need to know.)

Start with a shaker, a proper Martini glass, a premium gin (I prefer Bombay Sapphire or Beefeater), a dry Vermouth, olives – preferably without pimientos – and lots of ice. The gin must have been in the freezer for a long time beforehand and possibly the glasses as well. Put ice in the shaker and pour in Vermouth – the amount is not relevant but be generous. Cover, shake, and drain the Vermouth. By all means, keep the ice. Pour in an amount of gin suffficient for the desired number of drinks. Shake vigorously, and then strain into the Martini glass. Add one or more olives (I usually put in one to taste, but some people actually eat them from their drink). That’s it – enjoy a perfect, dry Martini!


Written by martinipundit

May 26, 2004 at 9:30 pm

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  1. […] Meanwhile, as I’m not at all fond of dirty Martinis (though have no objections to others preferring them that way), it seems the right time to recall my own recipe for a perfect Martini. […]

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