Dukes Martini Cocktail Drink

Dukes Martini

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Written by Gavin Wrigley

Are you in the mood for an elegant cocktail? Give this Dukes Martini recipe a shot! It’s a delicious drink loaded with premium ingredients, making it a breeze.

Dukes Martini Recipe

Enjoy a Dukes Martini with this easy recipe! With Gin, dry vermouth, and a lemon twist, it's the perfect drink for your fanciest dinner parties.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

176 kl

Ingredients

  • oz Gin, chilled in the freezer
  • ¼ oz Dry Vermouth, chilled in the fridge
  • Lemon twist

Equipment

  • Martini Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Freezer

Instructions

  • Chill ingredients: The day before making the drink, chill the dry vermouth by placing it in the fridge. At the same time, place the bottle of gin in the freezer and let them both rest overnight.
  • Chill the Martini Glass: The next day, place your martini glass in the freezer for about 30 minutes to 1 hour to get it nice and cold. (Optional: pour 2 bar spoons of water inside the glass and swirl to coat the sides of the glass before freezing).
  • Add Vermouth: Once the glass is ready, pour ¼ oz Dry Vermouth into the chilled glass.
  • Add Gin: Take the gin out of the freezer and pour 2½ oz Gin into the glass.
  • Garnish: Twist a lemon zest over the top of the drink to release its oils, then drop it into the glass. Serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: If you don't have Gin, vodka can be used as a substitute. It will give a different flavor profile but still makes a great martini. For a more botanical flavor, try using a botanical vodka.
  • Dry Vermouth: If you're out of dry vermouth, you can substitute white or extra-dry vermouth. Lillet Blanc can be a good alternative as well. Remember that this will alter the taste of your martini, but it can still make an enjoyable drink.

Making a Pitcher of Dukes Martini:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 20 oz of Gin and 2 oz of dry vermouth.
  • Mix: Pour the dry vermouth into a large pitcher or glass bottle. Swirl or shake to coat and discard the extra vermouth. Add the gin, close the bottle, or cover the pitcher with plastic wrap, and let it rest overnight in the freezer.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into frozen martini glasses, garnish with a lemon twist, and serve immediately. If you have leftovers, be sure to keep them in the freezer so your drink remains ice-cold at all times.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gin Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic gin substitute; several brands are available that mimic the flavor of Gin without the alcohol. Make sure to keep it in the fridge and not in the freezer, as this one will freeze and become solid as it doesn’t contain any alcohol.
  • Vermouth Substitute: You can use a non-alcoholic vermouth (such as Martini Floreale for example) or a non-alcoholic white wine.
  • Proceed As Usual: Keep both the gin and the vermouth substitute in the fridge for at least 12 hours before making the drink. Swirl the non-alcoholic vermouth in a frozen martini glass ‘if you wish, you may as well add 2 dashes of lemon bitters with the vermouth to give an extra layer of flavor to the drink) and discard the excess. Add the cold gin, garnish with lemon zest, and serve immediately.

Making it Vegan:

The Dukes Martini is naturally vegan as it doesn't contain any animal products. Most spirits, including gin and dry vermouth, are vegan-friendly. However, some brands may use animal products in their production process, especially if a filtration process is involved. Always check the brand's website or contact them directly to ensure their products are vegan.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
176
% Daily Value*
Sodium
 
2
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Potassium
 
8
mg
0
%
Protein
 
0.03
g
0
%
Calcium
 
1
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0.1
mg
1
%

 

Dukes Martini Cocktail Drink

Dukes Martini Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Enjoy a Dukes Martini with this easy recipe! With Gin, dry vermouth, and a lemon twist, it's the perfect drink for your fanciest dinner parties.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 176

Ingredients
 

  • oz Gin - chilled in the freezer
  • ¼ oz Dry Vermouth - chilled in the fridge
  • Lemon twist

Equipment

  • Martini Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Freezer

Instructions

  • Chill ingredients: The day before making the drink, chill the dry vermouth by placing it in the fridge. At the same time, place the bottle of gin in the freezer and let them both rest overnight.
  • Chill the Martini Glass: The next day, place your martini glass in the freezer for about 30 minutes to 1 hour to get it nice and cold. (Optional: pour 2 bar spoons of water inside the glass and swirl to coat the sides of the glass before freezing).
  • Add Vermouth: Once the glass is ready, pour ¼ oz Dry Vermouth into the chilled glass.
  • Add Gin: Take the gin out of the freezer and pour 2½ oz Gin into the glass.
  • Garnish: Twist a lemon zest over the top of the drink to release its oils, then drop it into the glass. Serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: If you don't have Gin, vodka can be used as a substitute. It will give a different flavor profile but still makes a great martini. For a more botanical flavor, try using a botanical vodka.
  • Dry Vermouth: If you're out of dry vermouth, you can substitute white or extra-dry vermouth. Lillet Blanc can be a good alternative as well. Remember that this will alter the taste of your martini, but it can still make an enjoyable drink.

Making a Pitcher of Dukes Martini:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 20 oz of Gin and 2 oz of dry vermouth.
  • Mix: Pour the dry vermouth into a large pitcher or glass bottle. Swirl or shake to coat and discard the extra vermouth. Add the gin, close the bottle, or cover the pitcher with plastic wrap, and let it rest overnight in the freezer.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into frozen martini glasses, garnish with a lemon twist, and serve immediately. If you have leftovers, be sure to keep them in the freezer so your drink remains ice-cold at all times.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gin Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic gin substitute; several brands are available that mimic the flavor of Gin without the alcohol. Make sure to keep it in the fridge and not in the freezer, as this one will freeze and become solid as it doesn’t contain any alcohol.
  • Vermouth Substitute: You can use a non-alcoholic vermouth (such as Martini Floreale for example) or a non-alcoholic white wine.
  • Proceed As Usual: Keep both the gin and the vermouth substitute in the fridge for at least 12 hours before making the drink. Swirl the non-alcoholic vermouth in a frozen martini glass ‘if you wish, you may as well add 2 dashes of lemon bitters with the vermouth to give an extra layer of flavor to the drink) and discard the excess. Add the cold gin, garnish with lemon zest, and serve immediately.

Making it Vegan:

The Dukes Martini is naturally vegan as it doesn't contain any animal products. Most spirits, including gin and dry vermouth, are vegan-friendly. However, some brands may use animal products in their production process, especially if a filtration process is involved. Always check the brand's website or contact them directly to ensure their products are vegan.

What is a Dukes Martini?

A Dukes Martini is a gin-based cocktail made of frozen Gin and dry vermouth. It’s not difficult to make, but it requires some specific steps for the perfect blend. The key lies in the preparation: the Gin must be kept in the freezer until it reaches an almost syrupy consistency before being mixed with a splash of vermouth.

A side shot of a Dukes Martini cocktail in a coupe glass on a wooden board placed on a black and white tablecloth surrounded by a white cloth with stripes, a bowl with lemon wedges, and a transparent bowl with two lemon

What is a Dukes Martini made of – The ingredients

A Dukes Martini requires these specific ingredients:

  • Gin: The primary spirit in a Dukes Martini, it provides a strong, robust cocktail base.
  • Dry Vermouth: This fortified wine adds a touch of sweetness and complexity to balance out the Gin’s strength.
  • Lemon Peel: A twist of lemon peel imparts a subtle citrus note, enhancing the drink’s freshness.

A Dukes Martini cocktail, shot from above, in a coupe glass on a beige surface surroundedd by Gin and dry Vermouth

How do you make a Dukes Martini?

To get the best Dukes Martini experience, you should prepare a few things before starting the actual mixing steps. The day before, chill the dry vermouth by placing it in the fridge. At the same time, place the bottle of gin in the freezer and let them both rest overnight. The next day, place your martini glass in the freezer for 30 minutes – 1 hour to get it nice and cold. If you wish, you can pour 2 bar spoons of water inside the glass and swirl to coat the sides of the glass before freezing. For better results, regularly check on the glass and swirl it to ensure a perfect coating of the inside. Next, peel a large strip of lemon zest. Be careful to avoid the white pith as much as you can, as it can add a bitter taste to your drink.

Once this preparation is done, you are ready to follow our step-by-step instructions to mix your Dukes Martini cocktail:

1
<p>Take the Martini glass out of the freezer and pour 2 ½ ounces of frozen gin inside. This will help to balance out the strong flavor of the Gin and add a bit of complexity to your martini</p>

Take the Martini glass out of the freezer and pour 2 ½ ounces of frozen gin inside. This will help to balance out the strong flavor of the Gin and add a bit of complexity to your martini

2
<p>Now, add a splash of dry vermouth to the Gin. This will help to balance out the strong flavor of the Gin and add a bit of complexity to your martini. Do not stir. </p>

Now, add a splash of dry vermouth to the Gin. This will help to balance out the strong flavor of the Gin and add a bit of complexity to your martini. Do not stir.

3
<p>Finally, twist the lemon zest over the top of the martini to release its oils.</p>

Finally, twist the lemon zest over the top of the martini to release its oils.

4
<p>Then drop it into the glass. The oils will add a subtle citrus aroma to your drink, enhancing the overall experience. Serve immediately.</p>

Then drop it into the glass. The oils will add a subtle citrus aroma to your drink, enhancing the overall experience. Serve immediately.

History and Origin of the Dukes Martini

This specific version of the dry Martini was created in 1985 by Salvatore Calabrese, a very famous bartender (creator, for example, of the Breakfast Martini), while he was working at the Dukes Hotel
in London.

This cocktail is also known as the “Direct Martini”. Calabrese once said the drink originated with travel writer Stanton Delaplane, a regular customer who regularly ordered a very dry, ice-cold Martini.

The problem was that this dry & cold balance is very hard to achieve: drinks stirred long enough to reach the desired temperature were deemed too diluted for Delaplane’s tastes, and those stirred less were insufficiently cold enough. That’s why, after some reflexion, Calabrese eventually came up with the idea of placing the gin and glassware in a freezer the night before. Once he tasted it, Delaplane was said to have called the drink “the best in the world.”

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Dukes martini?
A standard Dukes Martini contains approximately 200 calories. However, this can vary slightly depending on the specific brand of Gin used.
How strong is a Dukes Martini?
The strength of a Dukes Martini is relatively high compared to other cocktails. It typically has an Alcohol By Volume (ABV) of around 39-40% and a proof of 78-80. This is because it's made almost entirely of Gin, a high-proof spirit. That makes the Dukes Martini a very strong cocktail.
What type of alcohol is used in a Dukes Martini?
The primary alcohol used in a Dukes Martini is Gin. Specifically, the recipe calls for frozen Gin to give the cocktail its unique character.
In what kind of glass is a Dukes Martini served?
A Dukes Martini is traditionally served in a chilled martini glass. The shape of the glass helps maintain the temperature and enhance the drink's aroma.
What does a Dukes Martini taste like?
A Dukes Martini has a strong, crisp taste with botanical notes from the Gin. The vermouth adds a slight sweetness, while the lemon twist garnish provides a hint of citrus and freshness.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Dukes Martini?
The ratio for a Dukes Martini is simple: it's mostly Gin with just a dash of vermouth. Typically, you would use about 2 ½ ounces of Gin to about ¼ ounce of vermouth.
How is a Dukes Martini served with ice?
A Dukes Martini is served "up," meaning without ice in the glass. The Gin and glass are pre-chilled to ensure that the drink stays cold without dilution from ice.

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