Perfect Martini Cocktail Drink

Perfect Martini

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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This Perfect Martini recipe is your ticket to a delightful drink! It’s simple to make and full of fantastic flavors.

Perfect Martini Recipe

Relish in this top-notch martini recipe! Featuring Gin, dry & sweet vermouth, a dash of orange bitters and a zesty lemon twist, it's the ideal cocktail to warm up your winter.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

197 kl

Ingredients

  • oz London Dry Gin
  • 1 oz Dry Vermouth
  • 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • 1 dash of Orange bitters
  • Orange zest twist, for garnish, optional

Equipment

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

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your Martini glass with ice. Set it aside.
  • Add Bitters: Pour 1 dash of Orange bitters into the mixing glass.
  • Add Vermouth: Measure and pour 1 oz Sweet Vermouth and 1 oz Dry Vermouth into the mixing glass.
  • Add Gin: Add 1½ oz London Dry Gin.
  • Add Ice and Stir: Fill the mixing glass with ice. Using a bar spoon or a long stirrer, stir well (for about 15-20 seconds). Give it a taste and stir a bit more if you feel like more dilution is necessary.
  • Strain: Take your Martini glass or cocktail coupe and discard the ice. Using the cocktail strainer, strain the mixture into the chilled glass.
  • Garnish: Garnish with an orange twist (express the orange zest on top of the drink and then place it on the rim of the glass or drop it directly inside).

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: If you're out of Gin, vodka is a great alternative to give you a Vodka Martini. Try using Aquavit for a different flavor profile; it's caraway and botanical notes can create an exciting twist.
  • Dry Vermouth: Noilly Prat or Dolin are excellent substitutes for dry vermouth. If you're in a real pinch, white wine can be used, but it will alter the taste significantly.
  • Orange bitters: Lemon bitters or grapefruit bitters would also work well in this cocktail.
  • Sweet vermouth: Sherry or Port wine could be an interesting alternative.

Making a Pitcher of Perfect Martini:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher serving 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 12 oz of Gin, 8 oz of sweet and dry vermouth, and 4 dashes of orange bitters. 
  • Mix: Combine the ingredients in a large pitcher with ice. Stir well.
  • Serve: Strain the mixture into chilled Martini glasses, garnish with an orange zest, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gin Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic gin substitute; several on the market do an excellent job mimicking the botanicals in Gin.
  • Vermouth Substitute: Opt for non-alcoholic vermouth substitute or make a simple syrup infused with herbs and a touch of lemon juice.
  • 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:

  • Alcohol: Most Gin and vermouth are naturally vegan, but it's always worth checking as some brands may use animal products in their production process. There are plenty of vegan-friendly options available.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
197
% Daily Value*
Sodium
 
6
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
8
g
3
%
Sugar
 
4
g
4
%
Potassium
 
55
mg
2
%
Protein
 
0.2
g
0
%
Calcium
 
4
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0.2
mg
1
%

 

Perfect Martini Cocktail Drink

Perfect Martini Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Relish in this top-notch martini recipe! Featuring Gin, dry & sweet vermouth, a dash of orange bitters and a zesty lemon twist, it's the ideal cocktail to warm up your winter.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 197

Ingredients
 

  • oz London Dry Gin
  • 1 oz Dry Vermouth
  • 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • 1 dash of Orange bitters
  • Orange zest twist - for garnish, optional

Equipment

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

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your Martini glass with ice. Set it aside.
  • Add Bitters: Pour 1 dash of Orange bitters into the mixing glass.
  • Add Vermouth: Measure and pour 1 oz Sweet Vermouth and 1 oz Dry Vermouth into the mixing glass.
  • Add Gin: Add 1½ oz London Dry Gin.
  • Add Ice and Stir: Fill the mixing glass with ice. Using a bar spoon or a long stirrer, stir well (for about 15-20 seconds). Give it a taste and stir a bit more if you feel like more dilution is necessary.
  • Strain: Take your Martini glass or cocktail coupe and discard the ice. Using the cocktail strainer, strain the mixture into the chilled glass.
  • Garnish: Garnish with an orange twist (express the orange zest on top of the drink and then place it on the rim of the glass or drop it directly inside).

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: If you're out of Gin, vodka is a great alternative to give you a Vodka Martini. Try using Aquavit for a different flavor profile; it's caraway and botanical notes can create an exciting twist.
  • Dry Vermouth: Noilly Prat or Dolin are excellent substitutes for dry vermouth. If you're in a real pinch, white wine can be used, but it will alter the taste significantly.
  • Orange bitters: Lemon bitters or grapefruit bitters would also work well in this cocktail.
  • Sweet vermouth: Sherry or Port wine could be an interesting alternative.

Making a Pitcher of Perfect Martini:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher serving 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 12 oz of Gin, 8 oz of sweet and dry vermouth, and 4 dashes of orange bitters. 
  • Mix: Combine the ingredients in a large pitcher with ice. Stir well.
  • Serve: Strain the mixture into chilled Martini glasses, garnish with an orange zest, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gin Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic gin substitute; several on the market do an excellent job mimicking the botanicals in Gin.
  • Vermouth Substitute: Opt for non-alcoholic vermouth substitute or make a simple syrup infused with herbs and a touch of lemon juice.
  • 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:

  • Alcohol: Most Gin and vermouth are naturally vegan, but it's always worth checking as some brands may use animal products in their production process. There are plenty of vegan-friendly options available.

What is a Perfect Martini?

A Perfect Martini is a gin-based cocktail made with sweet, dry vermouth, Gin and bitters. It’s relatively easy to make as it only requires the ability to measure ingredients accurately and stir them together. However, achieving the perfect balance of flavors can be challenging for those new to mixology. The Perfect Martini is a variant of the classic Martini, which traditionally uses dry vermouth. An interesting fact about this drink is that its name derives from the “perfect” balance between sweet and dry vermouth used in its preparation.

A side shot of a Perfect Martini cocktail in a martini glass on a wooden board placed on a brown placemat with a jigger and a white cloth around.

What is a Perfect Martini made of – The ingredients

For a Perfect Martini, make sure to have these ingredients on hand:

  • Gin: The primary spirit in a Perfect Martini, Gin provides the robust, botanical flavor that defines the cocktail.
  • Dry Vermouth: This fortified wine adds a layer of complexity and dryness to balance out the Gin’s strong character.
  • Sweet Vermouth: Used in equal parts with dry vermouth in a Perfect Martini, sweet vermouth brings a touch of sweetness and depth to the drink.
  • Orange Bitters: A few dashes of orange bitters enhance the citrus notes in the Gin and add an extra dimension to the cocktail.
  • Orange zest: It adds a hint of citrus freshness, to the cocktail’s flavors.

Gin, dry Vermouth, sweet Vermouth and orange bitters laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Perfect Martini?

Discover the joy of making a Perfect Martini with our easy guide:

1
<p>Start by chilling your martini glass. This can be done by filling it with ice and water and setting it aside while you prepare the rest of the drink. A cold glass will help keep your Martini at the perfect temperature.</p>

Start by chilling your martini glass. This can be done by filling it with ice and water and setting it aside while you prepare the rest of the drink. A cold glass will help keep your Martini at the perfect temperature.

2
<p>Drop one dash of orange bitters into your mixing glass.  Bitters have a strong flavor, usually used in small amounts are perfect for making cocktail. </p>

Drop one dash of orange bitters into your mixing glass. Bitters have a strong flavor, usually used in small amounts are perfect for making cocktail.

3
<p>Add half an ounce of sweet vermouth to the mixing glass.</p>

Add half an ounce of sweet vermouth to the mixing glass.

4
<p>Add half an ounce of dry vermouth to the mixing glass. Vermouth is a type of fortified wine that adds a touch of sweetness and complexity to your Martini.</p>

Add half an ounce of dry vermouth to the mixing glass. Vermouth is a type of fortified wine that adds a touch of sweetness and complexity to your Martini.

5
<p>Pour two ounces of Gin into a mixing glass. While vodka can be used in a martini, Gin is the traditional choice and will give your drink a more complex flavor.</p>

Pour two ounces of Gin into a mixing glass. While vodka can be used in a martini, Gin is the traditional choice and will give your drink a more complex flavor.

6
<p>Fill the mixing glass with ice cubes.</p>

Fill the mixing glass with ice cubes.

7
<p>Stir the mixture gently for about 30 seconds. This will chill the ingredients and help them blend.</p>

Stir the mixture gently for about 30 seconds. This will chill the ingredients and help them blend.

8
<p>Empty the ice and water from your martini glass, ensuring it's well chilled, and strain the mixture from the mixing glass into your chilled martini glass. Use a cocktail filter to prevent any ice from falling into the glass.</p>

Empty the ice and water from your martini glass, ensuring it's well chilled, and strain the mixture from the mixing glass into your chilled martini glass. Use a cocktail filter to prevent any ice from falling into the glass.

9
<p>Garnish your Martini with a twist of orange zest. To make a lemon twist, cut a thin slice of lemon peel and twist it over the glass to release its oils.</p>

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

10
<p>Then drop it into the drink or placed on the rim.</p>

Then drop it into the drink or placed on the rim.

Finally, take a moment to appreciate the beauty of your perfectly made Martini before taking the first sip. Enjoy the balance of flavors and the chill of the glass in your hand.

History and Origin of the Perfect Martini

The Perfect Martini cocktail has a fascinating story that starts in the United States in the mid-19th century. The first recipe for a drink similar to a Martini appears in an 1862 bartending guide by Jerry Thomas, a famous bartender of his time. But this early version was different from the Perfect Martini we know today.

The predecessor of the Martini was the Martinez. It was a sweet drink made with Old Tom gin, sweet vermouth, maraschino liqueur, and orange bitters. The name ‘Martinez’ likely came from the California town where someone first made it.

Over time, people’s tastes changed, and so did the Martini. By the late 1800s, it had become less sweet, leaving out the maraschino and opting for dry vermouth instead of sweet. The type of Gin also changed from Old Tom to London Dry style. This change marked the start of the modern Martini.

The word “Perfect” in Perfect Martini means using equal parts of sweet and dry vermouth in the mix. This balance creates a blend of sweetness and dryness that many people enjoy.

A Perfect Martini cocktail , shot from above, in a martini glass on a beige surface surrounded by Gin, dry Vermouth, sweet Vermouth and orange bitters

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Perfect Martini?
A standard Perfect Martini contains approximately 150-200 calories. However, the exact number can vary depending on the specific brands of alcohol used.
How strong is a Perfect Martini?
The strength of a Perfect Martini is relatively high compared to other cocktails. It typically has an Alcohol By Volume (ABV) of around 31.5%, translating to 63 proof. This makes it one of the strongest cocktails you can enjoy.
What type of alcohol is used in a Perfect Martini?
The primary alcohol in a Perfect Martini is Gin, although some variations use vodka. Additionally, both dry and sweet vermouth are used to balance out the flavors.
In what kind of glass is a Perfect Martini served?
Traditionally, a Perfect Martini is served in a martini glass with a long stem and a cone-shaped bowl.
What does a Perfect Martini taste like?
A Perfect Martini offers a complex bitter and sweet flavor profile. The Gin provides herbal notes, the orange bitters and the dry vermouth adds bitterness, and the sweet vermouth brings a touch of sweetness.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Perfect Martini?
The typical ratio for a Perfect Martini is 1 ½ oz London Dry Gin, 1 oz Dry Vermouth, 1 oz Sweet Vermouth,1 dash Orange bitters.
How is a Perfect Martini served with ice?
A Perfect Martini is usually stirred with ice to chill it, then strained into the serving glass without ice - this serving style is known as 'up.'
Is there any specific time or occasion to enjoy a Perfect Martini?
While there's no hard and fast rule about when to enjoy this classic cocktail, it's often associated with evening social events or sophisticated gatherings. Its strong alcohol content makes it a popular choice for a pre-dinner drink.
Can I easily make a Perfect Martini at home?
Absolutely! Making a Perfect Martini at home is simple as you have the necessary ingredients and tools. You only need Gin, dry vermouth, sweet vermouth, orange bitters and mixing glass.
What's the history behind the Perfect Martini?
The Perfect Martini has a rich history dating back to the late 19th century. It's believed to have evolved from an earlier cocktail known as the Martinez. Over time, bartenders experimented with different ratios of Gin and vermouth, leading to the creation of the Perfect Martini we know today

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