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How To Make a Classic Martini

Expand the description and view the text of the steps for this how-to video. Check out Howcast for other do-it-yourself videos from Tamara and more videos in the Mixed Drinks category. You can contribute too! Create your own DIY guide at http://www.howcast.com/videos/new or produce your own Howcast spots with the Howcast Filmmakers Program at http://www.howcast.com/filmmakers/apply. The days of the three-martini lunch may be over, but this sophisticated drink will never go out of style. To complete this How-To you will need: 2 1/2 oz. gin (or vodka) Ice 1/2 oz. dry vermouth Small, chilled olives with no pimento A mixing glass A cocktail strainer A clean napkin or cloth A martini glass A long spoon And a toothpick Step 1: Chill glass Chill the martini glass by filling it with ice and water and set it aside. Tip: Martinis should be very cold—storing your martini and mixing glass in the freezer will keep your finished drink even cooler, longer. Step 2: Fill with ice Fill the mixing glass with ice. Step 3: Add gin Add the gin. Tip: A traditional martini is made with gin, but a vodka martini simply replaces one liquor with the other. Step 4: Add dry vermouth Add the dry vermouth. Tip: A dry martini has less vermouth—for a very, very dry martini, just coat the ice cubes with vermouth, then dump out the actual liquor. Step 5: Stir Stir with the spoon about 50 times, making sure your liquids are well mixed and chilled by the ice. Save the "shaken, not stirred" shtick for a James Bond martini. Step 6: Empty & wipe Empty the ice water from the now-chilled martini glass and quickly wipe the inside to remove any trace of moisture. Step 7: Strain into glass Strain the gin and vermouth mixture into the martini glass. Step 8: Garnish Garnish your martini with one or three olives -- tradition holds that only an odd number of olives should be used in a martini -- and serve. Thanks for watching How To Make a Classic Martini! If you enjoyed this video subscribe to the Howcast YouTube channel! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=howcast
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