The martini is pretty much my favorite cocktail, and is almost always the drink I make when I get home from work and need a little help with my lifestyle. Â Because several friends have, at various times, asked for my thoughts on what makes a perfect martini I thought I would hold forth with my favorite recipe as well as a suggestion for a martini that might appeal to people who are used to vodka cocktails and/or super-dry (very little vermouth, if any at all) martinis.
Dramnut’s Favorite Martini
- 2 1/4 oz. Beefeater Gin
- 3/4 oz. Dolin Dry Vermouth
- 2 dashes Bitter Truth Orange Bitters
Stir for a long time with lots of ice. Â Strain into a well-chilled coupe/cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon twist. Â Double strain if you have lots of ice fragments.
Regan’s No. 6 or Angostura Orange Bitters can be substituted (and I often do) for a slightly different flavor and aroma. Â Watch the quantity though, the dasher sizes on these bottles vary widely. Â You may want to tweak the amount of bitters, in any case.
I also frequently switch out the orange bitters altogether for a couple of other kinds. Â My favorites here are the Bitter Truth Celery and the Fee Brothers Whisky Barrel Aged.
Like I said, the Beefeater is my favorite for my everyday martini, but I do often try others. Â Examples that I think work very well in theseÂ proportionsÂ are the Beefeater 24 (if you can get it) and Broker’s.
Training Wheels Martini
- 2 1/2 oz. Bluecoat Gin
- 1/2 oz. Dolin Dry Vermouth
- 1 or 2 dashes Bitter Truth Orange Bitters
Stir for a long time with lots of ice. Â Strain into a well-chilled coupe/cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon twist.
You can leave the bitters out entirely if you (or your audience) don’t like them. Â The western dry style gin,Â particularlyÂ the Bluecoat, tones down the juniper in favor of stronger citrus character which many people find an easier stepping stone to the more juniper-forward london dry and plymouth styles. Â The lemon twist is also really key here.