50/50 Martini Cocktail Drink

50/50 Martini

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
Andrea
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Andrea Ottaiano

Are you looking for a stylish cocktail? This 50/50 Martini recipe is just the ticket! With its harmonious blend of ingredients, it’s a tempting drink that’s a breeze to make.

50/50 Martini Recipe

Try this easy 50/50 Martini recipe! With half Gin and half vermouth, it's the perfect cocktail for a fantastic fall night.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

166 kl

Ingredients

  • oz Gin
  • oz dry Vermouth
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon twist or olive, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Martini Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Mixing Glass
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon
  • Strainer

Instructions

  • Chill the Glass: To chill, place your martini glass in the freezer for a few hours or fill it up with ice cubes before starting.
  • Add Vermouth: Measure and pour 1½ oz dry Vermouth into the mixing glass.
  • Add Gin: Pour 1½ oz Gin into a mixing glass.
  • Add ice: Fill your mixing glass with ice cubes.
  • Stir Gently: Use a bar spoon to stir the ingredients gently.
  • Strain: Strain the mixture into your chilled martini glass.
  • Garnish: Twist a lemon peel over the top of the drink to release its oils, then drop it in for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: If you don't have Gin, vodka is a good substitute that will give you a similar alcohol by volume profile without Gin's botanicals. I've also used non-alcoholic gin substitutes, which do a decent job of mimicking the flavor.
  • Dry Vermouth: If you're out of dry vermouth, you can use white wine or a fortified dry wine as a substitute. It won't be the same but'll do in a pinch.

Making a Pitcher of 50/50 Martini:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 12 oz of Gin and 12 oz of dry vermouth.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the Gin and dry vermouth with ice. Stir well.
  • Serve: Strain the mixture into chilled martini glasses, garnish with a lemon twist, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gin Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic gin substitute; these are available and reasonably mimic Gin's botanicals.
  • Dry Vermouth Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic dry vermouth substitute or make a grape syrup infused with ginger, cloves, and quinine.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Check Your Brands: Most gins and vermouths are vegan-friendly, but it's always best to check the brand you're using. Some brands may use animal products in their filtration process.
  • Garnish: The lemon twist garnish is already vegan-friendly. Enjoy your vegan 50/50 Martini!

Nutrition Facts

Calories
166
% Daily Value*
Sodium
 
4
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
5
g
2
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Potassium
 
42
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
4
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0.02
mg
0
%

 

50/50 Martini Cocktail Drink

50/50 Martini Recipe

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Try this easy 50/50 Martini recipe! With half Gin and half vermouth, it's the perfect cocktail for a fantastic fall night.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 166

Ingredients
 

  • oz Gin
  • oz dry Vermouth
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon twist or olive - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Martini Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Mixing Glass
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon
  • Strainer

Instructions

  • Chill the Glass: To chill, place your martini glass in the freezer for a few hours or fill it up with ice cubes before starting.
  • Add Vermouth: Measure and pour 1½ oz dry Vermouth into the mixing glass.
  • Add Gin: Pour 1½ oz Gin into a mixing glass.
  • Add ice: Fill your mixing glass with ice cubes.
  • Stir Gently: Use a bar spoon to stir the ingredients gently.
  • Strain: Strain the mixture into your chilled martini glass.
  • Garnish: Twist a lemon peel over the top of the drink to release its oils, then drop it in for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: If you don't have Gin, vodka is a good substitute that will give you a similar alcohol by volume profile without Gin's botanicals. I've also used non-alcoholic gin substitutes, which do a decent job of mimicking the flavor.
  • Dry Vermouth: If you're out of dry vermouth, you can use white wine or a fortified dry wine as a substitute. It won't be the same but'll do in a pinch.

Making a Pitcher of 50/50 Martini:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 12 oz of Gin and 12 oz of dry vermouth.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the Gin and dry vermouth with ice. Stir well.
  • Serve: Strain the mixture into chilled martini glasses, garnish with a lemon twist, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gin Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic gin substitute; these are available and reasonably mimic Gin's botanicals.
  • Dry Vermouth Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic dry vermouth substitute or make a grape syrup infused with ginger, cloves, and quinine.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Check Your Brands: Most gins and vermouths are vegan-friendly, but it's always best to check the brand you're using. Some brands may use animal products in their filtration process.
  • Garnish: The lemon twist garnish is already vegan-friendly. Enjoy your vegan 50/50 Martini!

What is a 50/50 Martini?

A 50/50 Martini is a gin-based cocktail of equal parts gin and dry vermouth. This drink is relatively easy to make, requiring only the two main ingredients and a lemon twist for garnish. However, balancing the Gin’s strong botanical flavor and the vermouth’s herbal notes can be tricky to perfect. The 50/50 Martini is a variant of the classic Martini, traditionally featuring a higher ratio of Gin to vermouth.

A side shot of a 50/50 Martini cocktail in a martini glass on a white coaster placed on a wooden board surrounded by a jigger, a bar spoon, and a white cloth, in front of a black background

What is a 50/50 Martini made of – The ingredients

To mix up a 50/50 Martini, you’ll require these ingredients:

  • Gin: Provides the primary alcoholic base, delivering a distinct juniper flavor.
  • Dry Vermouth: Balances the Gin with its herbal and slightly bitter taste, enhancing complexity.
  • Lemon Twist: Garnishes the drink, adding a fresh citrus aroma that complements the other ingredients.

Gin and dry Vermouth laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a 50/50 Martini?

Learn the process of crafting a 50/50 Martini with our straightforward guide:

1
<p>Begin by filling a martini glass with ice, ensuring the service glass will be perfectly chilled when needed.</p>

Begin by filling a martini glass with ice, ensuring the service glass will be perfectly chilled when needed.

2
<p>Add 1.5 ounces of dry vermouth to the mixing glass. This is the other half of the 50/50 ratio. The vermouth adds a slightly bitter, herbal flavor that balances the strong, juniper flavor of the Gin.</p>

Add 1.5 ounces of dry vermouth to the mixing glass. This is the other half of the 50/50 ratio. The vermouth adds a slightly bitter, herbal flavor that balances the strong, juniper flavor of the Gin.

3
<p>Pour 1.5 ounces of Gin into the mixing glass. The Gin is half of the 50/50 ratio that gives this Martini its name, so be sure to measure accurately.</p>

Pour 1.5 ounces of Gin into the mixing glass. The Gin is half of the 50/50 ratio that gives this Martini its name, so be sure to measure accurately.

4
<p>Ice up the mixing glass.</p>

Ice up the mixing glass.

5
<p>Stir the Gin and vermouth together with a long-handled cocktail spoon. Stirring, rather than shaking, prevents the drink from becoming cloudy and helps to maintain the smooth texture of the Martini.</p>

Stir the Gin and vermouth together with a long-handled cocktail spoon. Stirring, rather than shaking, prevents the drink from becoming cloudy and helps to maintain the smooth texture of the Martini.

6
<p>Strain the mixture into your chilled martini glass with no ice. The filter will catch any small ice chips that may have broken off during the stirring process.</p>

Strain the mixture into your chilled martini glass with no ice. The filter will catch any small ice chips that may have broken off during the stirring process.

7
<p>Garnish the Martini with a lemon twist. To make a lemon twist, cut a thin slice of lemon peel and twist it over the glass to release the oils.</p>

Garnish the Martini with a lemon twist. To make a lemon twist, cut a thin slice of lemon peel and twist it over the glass to release the oils.

8
<p>Then, drop it into the glass. The lemon adds a bright, citrusy note that complements the flavors of the Gin and vermouth.</p>

Then, drop it into the glass. The lemon adds a bright, citrusy note that complements the flavors of the Gin and vermouth.

Finally, take a moment to appreciate the balance and simplicity of your 50/50 martini before taking the first sip. The perfect Martini is as much about the experience of drinking it as it is about the ingredients.

50/50 Martini Variations

While there is no shortage of Martini variations, we specifically recommend these if you enjoy the 50/50 Martini:

  • Gibson: A Gibson swaps the olive garnish of a classic martini for a pickled onion. This simple change transforms the experience, adding a subtle bite and a touch of sweetness from the onion. I enjoy the crisp, clean taste of this version, complemented by the unique flavor of the pickled onion.
  • Vesper Martini: The Vesper Martini mixes gin, vodka, and a bit of Lillet Blanc, creating a strong yet smooth blend. James Bond made it famous in “Casino Royale.” The mix of gin and vodka offers a balanced complexity, while Lillet Blanc adds a hint of sweetness and a light, aromatic finish. I love how this version combines strength with elegance, making it a sophisticated choice for any occasion.
  • Reverse Martini: The Reverse Martini flips the usual proportions, with more dry vermouth than gin. This creates a lighter, more herbal taste, letting the vermouth’s botanicals take center stage. It’s perfect for those who prefer a milder flavor, allowing the vermouth to shine while keeping the classic martini essence.

A 50/50 Martini cocktail, shot from above, in a martini glass on a beige surface surrounded by Gin and dry Vermouth

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FAQ

How many calories does a 50/50 Martini contain?
A standard serving contains approximately 150-160 calories. However, this can vary slightly depending on the specific brands of alcohol used.
What is the strength of a 50/50 Martini?
The strength of the drink typically falls around 25-30% Alcohol by Volume (ABV), which translates to 50-60 proof.
What type of alcohol is used in a 50/50 Martini?
A classic 50/50 Martini uses equal parts gin and dry vermouth. Some prefer vodka instead of Gin, but this would technically be a variation of the traditional recipe.
In what kind of glass is a 50/50 Martini served?
Traditionally, a 50/50 Martini is served in a chilled martini glass. The martini glass's iconic shape helps maintain the temperature and balance the flavors.
What does a 50/50 Martini taste like?
The cocktail offers a balanced blend of botanicals from the Gin and herbal notes from the vermouth, resulting in a smooth and complex flavor profile that's refreshing and sophisticated.
What is the ratio in a 50/50 Martini?
As its name suggests, a 50/50 Martini uses an equal ratio of Gin to vermouth - one part gin to one part dry vermouth.
How is a 50/50 Martini served with ice?
A 50/50 Martini is typically stirred with ice until well-chilled, then strained into a chilled martini glass. It's served "up," meaning without ice in the glass.

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