We dedicate a page to the martini recipes because it’s such a classic cocktail. It is after all James Bond’s drink of choice
Shaken or stirred? Gin or vodka? Equal parts or not? There are probably as many martini recipes as there are bartenders (and secret agents).
One thing is certain though – Martini’s are not for the faint-hearted. Don’t overdo it with this one, or you might never have the desire to have Martini again.
Below are the most classic and popular martini recipes we could lay our hands on. Martini’s are easy and straight-forward to make and so a great choice if you are low on stock or in a hurry. An all time favourite pre-dinner drink.
Martini’s are commonly made with gin. Sometimes with vodka, like 007 prefers his martini. But you can pretty much mix anything into your martini.
BARTENDING TIP: Shaking gin gives it a cloudy texture. When mixing gin with other clear ingredient, rather stir than shake it if you want to keep the mixture clear. Visit our
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VESPER - THE JAMES BOND MARTINI
This recipe comes from Ian Fleming’s book Casino Royale (1953).
Ingredients: Ice cubes 3 parts Gordon’s gin (a dry gin) 1 part vodka 0.5 parts Kina Lillet (not available anymore – use dry vermouth instead and add a dash of Angosture bitters) 1 teaspoon lime juice
Preparation:Shake (not stir!) the ingredients well and strain into the glass.
Garnish:Slice of lemon peel
To read more about this cocktail on Wikipedia,
The classic! Often drank before dinner.
Ingredients: Ice cubes 1 part gin 1 part dry vermouth
Preparation:Stir the ingredients well and strain into the glass.
Garnish:Green olive on a cocktail stick
Hands down the most popular martini ever. At Cocktail Mixing Master we feel this one is a bit without personality. Try a few varieties: add a few drops of triple sec, or increase the portion gin.