October 21, 2021

Classic Gin Martini

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A classic Gin Martini made perfectly whether shaken or stirred.
A classic Gin Martini displayed in a vintage coupe glass, sitting on a brown wooden table and garnished with a silver octopus cocktail pick speared with two Castelvetrano olives

“I've never tasted anything so cool and clean...They make me feel civilized,” wrote Ernest Hemingway, in reference to a Martini in A Farewell to Arms.

And I couldn't agree more.

While I have a penchant for creative cocktails, nothing will ever compare to my love of the classics. From Gimlets to Old Fashioneds to Manhattans to Martinis, I mix them, order them, and drink them regularly. For me, the classics will always and forever be the holy grail of cocktails, so I thought it was time I start giving them the attention they deserve here at Parched.

Beginning with the Martini.

To me, very few cocktails compare to a well-mixed Gin Martini. It's one of my favorite tipples of all time, and a drink that I am very, very picky about. I know how I like them and how I don't, and I have my preferred recipe down to a science.

But there are a million ways to make a Martini!

Gin, Vodka, dry, dirty, olives, a twist, shaken, stirred, up, on the rocks…just like the endless debate as to who actually invented the Martini, the argument continues as to the “right” way to make one. And my opinion on the matter is this: the best Martini is the one that tastes delicious to you, served in the way that you like it best!

For me, it's very specifically the following: a lot of Gin, a lot of Vermouth, and only Castelvetrano olive juice. What about you? How do you take your Martini?

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A classic Gin Martini displayed in a vintage coupe glass, sitting on a brown wooden table and garnished with a silver octopus cocktail pick speared with two Castelvetrano olives

Classic Gin Martini

A classic Gin Martini made perfectly whether shaken or stirred.

Yields:

1 Drink

Ingredients:

2 ½ oz Gin

1 oz Dry Vermouth

½ oz Castelvetrano Olive Juice (yes, it has to be Castelvetrano, otherwise I don't want any olive juice at all!)

Garnish: Two Olives (preferably stuffed with blue cheese...)

Instructions:

If serving up (pictured here): Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until the tin is so cold it hurts to hold! Strain into a glass of your choice and garnish with olives (or whatever garnish you prefer!).

If serving on the rocks: Combine all ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice and give a good stir. Strain into an empty rocks glass and then add the ice from the mixing glass. (This ice has been “seasoned” wth the Gin, so I like to use it in my drink!) Top off with more ice if necessary and garnish with olives (or whatever garnish you prefer!).

A classic Gin Martini displayed in a vintage coupe glass, sitting on a brown wooden table and garnished with a silver octopus cocktail pick speared with two Castelvetrano olives

Classic Gin Martini

A classic Gin Martini made perfectly whether shaken or stirred.

Yields:

1 Drink

Ingredients:

2 ½ oz Gin

1 oz Dry Vermouth

½ oz Castelvetrano Olive Juice (yes, it has to be Castelvetrano, otherwise I don't want any olive juice at all!)

Garnish: Two Olives (preferably stuffed with blue cheese...)

Instructions:

If serving up (pictured here): Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until the tin is so cold it hurts to hold! Strain into a glass of your choice and garnish with olives (or whatever garnish you prefer!).

If serving on the rocks: Combine all ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice and give a good stir. Strain into an empty rocks glass and then add the ice from the mixing glass. (This ice has been “seasoned” wth the Gin, so I like to use it in my drink!) Top off with more ice if necessary and garnish with olives (or whatever garnish you prefer!).

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