Classic Gin Martini recipe using Beefeater London Dry Gin, dry vermouth, and orange bitters. It’s a wet gin martini that’s stirred.
This has been one of those posts that have been in the making since I started this website. I’ve been meaning to sit down and perfect my classic recipes and share them with you. I keep getting caught up with the fun flavors and new cocktail trends that I forget to come back to the roots. It’s been a fun time though, hasn’t it?
Let’s start with the classic martini. Sure, I have my dirty martini that I get rave reviews about weekly. It’s vodka, garlic olive brine, and vermouth. However, it took me a while to come around to the original version of a martini. Gin (or vodka, it’s a debate), vermouth, and bitters. You can swap our bitters for olives and onions all day but at the end of the day, it started with bitters. It wasn’t the bitters that ever got me, it was the gin.
Like a lot of people, my first sip of gin was an assault to my palate with Tanqueray. You know the pine wood, Christmas tree taste. From there I turned away from gin, swearing it wasn’t for me. Until one day the liquor Gods told me to walk the gin aisle. I bought a bottle of Beefeater London Dry gin and well, I’ll admit when I’m wrong. I am a gin person. It was delicate, easy, and versatile. From there I started reintroducing myself into the world of gin and the complexity of every brand. I’ve collected a few go-to gins: Beefeater, Plymouth, and Hadley & Sons. Occasionally, when I’m feeling particularly stark I’ll hit up Tanqueray but I’ll admit those days are still far and few in-between.
Over time I’ve come to truly love a classic gin martini through my travels through the gin bottles. I like it wet with Beefeater but will take Plymouth too. I don’t like Tanqueray for this particular martini still, I’m sorry. I like it stirred and more often than not lemon twist dropped in. So, if you’re like me and just haven’t found your spot in the gin world, I urge you to keep trying. It’s a damn good spirit with a lot to give.
CLASSIC GIN MARTINI
Unlike my dirty martini, we’re going to stir this. Into a cocktail shaker with ice will go 2 ounces of Beefeater or Hadley & Sons gin, 1-ounce dry vermouth, and 2 dashes orange bitters. Stir until you build frost on the outside of your cocktail shaker. Strain into a chilled martini glass or coupe. Garnish with a lemon twist that’s been twisted over the cocktail and dropped in. (dropping in is optional, I just prefer it.)
It’s citrus, boozy, and a little herbaceous.
classic Gin Martini recipe using London Dry Gin, dry vermouth, and orange bitters. It's a wet gin martini that's stirred.
- 2 ounces Beefeater London Dry Gin
- 1 ounce Dry Vermouth
- 2 dashes Orange Bitters
- Lemon Twist
Into a shaker of ice add in Beefeater gin, dry vermouth, and bitters. Stir until shaker starts to frost over.
Strain into a chilled martini glass or coupe. Twist a lemon rind over the cocktail. Optional, drop lemon rind in.
My goal with these classic posts is to be able to bring you back for reference when need be. That way it can be a map to help you discover how to make cocktails you love. Plus, sometimes you just need an old favorite. It’s classic for a reason right? Next week, the world of the old fashioned.
How do you take your martini? Tell me all you gin favorites down below.