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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 or produce your own Howcast spots with the Howcast Filmmakers Program at 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!
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