martini friday

A toast to my folks who have always made friday at five so pleasurable.


  • 2 1/2 oz gin
  • 1/2 oz dry vermouth
  • 1 green olive or lemon twist for garnish
  • orange or Angostura bitters (optional)


  1. Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice cubes.
  2. Stir for 30 seconds.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Add a dash of orange or Angostura bitters if desired
  5. Garnish with the olive or lemon twist.

There are many variations on the classic martini that are a personal preference:

  • Dry Martini- Traditionally uses more dry vermouth, however recent trends define a Dry Martini as using little or no vermouth.
  • Bone Dry or Desert Martini- No vermouth.
  • Gibson Garnish with a cocktail onion.
  • Perfect Martini Use equal parts of sweet and dry vermouth.
  • Dirty Martini Add a small amount of olive brine.
  • 50-50Use equal parts of gin and dry vermouth.
  • Vodka Martini- Replace gin with vodka for a nice alternative.


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