Classic Gin Martini Recipe

by Mama Loves A Drink

Although there have been countless iterations on Martinis invented over the years, a classic Martini is one of the simplest recipes that all amateur cocktail makers should have up their sleeves.

The base ingredients should be staples as part of any home bar.

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Tools you will need for making a Classic Gin Martini

  • Martini Glass
  • Jigger
  • Mixing glass
  • Strainer
  • Cocktail sticks
  • Bartenders spoon

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Yield: 1 serve

Classic Gin Martini

Classic Gin Martini

A classic recipe to keep up your sleeve, we choose to stir in the glass, not shake to keep the delicate balance of our martini.

Prep Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes


  • 75ml Gin
  • 15ml Dry Vermouth
  • A few olives or lemon twist for garnish


  1. Fill your mixing glass with ice and add gin and vermouth
  2. Stir with a bartenders spoon for 30 seconds
  3. Strain into a chilled martini glass
  4. Garnish with a few olives on a cocktail stick or a lemon twist


The more top-shelf your ingredients, the better the outcome. Of course, play around with quantities to find the perfect martini for you!

As an alternative, many prefer to replace the gin with vodka - making it a Vodka Martini

Stirred NOT shaken!

Could Mr Bond have possibly got this one wrong? It is correct that due to the delicate botanical nature of gin, it should be stirred, not shaken. But we won’t be critical whatever way you prefer it!

Olives & Martinis

Olives IN the drink? This is a personal preference. A classic recipe will call for a cocktail stick of olives to actually sit in the martini, not rested across the top like most garnishes as the flavour will infuse into the drink adding another dimension to what is otherwise a very simple two-spirit cocktail.

If you’re a fan of the olive taste, then head over to our Dirty Martini recipe!

You can try some further variants including:

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