Perhaps more important than whether you put gin or vodka in your martini is whether you make yours dry or wet. About a 1/4 of an ounce of vermouth means “dry,” but aficionados go to great lengths to get the driest drink possible. Winston Churchill is rumored to have made his martinis by pouring gin in a pitcher, then glancing at a bottle of vermouth from across a room. I like to put a drop of vermouth in a chilled glass, swirl, and then discard. Again, I am no purist.
4 ounces vodka
0–1 ounce vermouth
Twist of lemon or pimento-stuffed olive
- Chill cocktail glass by putting in freezer or by filling with ice and water.
- Fill martini shaker with ice, pour in vodka and desired amount of vermouth. Shake for 15 seconds; or stir, if you believe shaking “bruises” the alcohol.
- Pour into chilled glasses and garnish with olive or lemon twist.
- Repeat. When you run out of vodka, switch to gin.