Stirred, Not Shaken: 3 Recipes for the Perfect Martini

The martini has long been the hallmark of a serious drinker. Ordering a martini tells people you know what you want and how to get it, especially if what you want is to get stone-faced drunk.

The martini’s origins are murky, just like how the cocktail appears when ordered dirty. While historians aren’t sure if it was either first conceived in California or New York, we can say with some certainty that the first recipe definitely called for gin. Early martinis were also quite wet, with a 1:1 ratio of gin to vermouth. The mix evolved with modern tastes, reducing the amount of vermouth and allowing vodka to be substituted for gin if the drinker prefers it.

Beverage consultant of New York’s Castell Rooftop Lounge and martini expert Kieran Chavez serves scores of them every week and has noticed that a Martini order often aligns with the patron’s personality.

“In general, a martini lover who prefers vodka is looking for a steely, very clean flavor profile, but a cocktail with a bit of a bite to it,” Chavez said. “The gin lover seeks that botanical aroma that wakes up the senses and ignites the palate.”

Whether you like your martini biting or botanical, here are a few recipes from Chavez next time you’re in the mood for a Mad Men-esque three-martini lunch. And don’t insist that your bartender mix to James Bond’s specifications. While “shaken, not stirred” is one of the most quotable lines in movie history, experts warn that shaking a martini dilutes and aerates the mixture.

Dry Martini

2 oz Fords Gin or Absolut Elyx Vodka
.25 oz Dolin Dry Vermouth

Add ingredients to a mixing glass. Fill with ice. Stir for approximately 30 seconds. Strain into a martini glass, then garnish with two olives and a lemon twist.

50/50 Martini

2 oz Greenhook Gin or Reyka Vodka
1 oz Dolin Dry Vermouth

Add ingredients to a mixing glass. Fill with ice. Stir for approximately 30 seconds. Strain into a martini glass, then garnish with two olives and a lemon twist.

Vesper Martini

1.75 oz Fords Gin
1 oz Absolut Elyx Vodka
.75 oz Lillet Blanc

Fill mixing glass with ice. Add gin, vodka, and Lillet Blanc; stir for 30 seconds. Pour into a coupe glass and garnish with a lemon twist

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