How to Make a Dry Martini. The classic, elegant martini has undergone quite a resurgence lately. The most important thing about a martini is that all the ingredients be very cold. These instructions are for one martini.

Things You'll Need

Pour gin and vermouth over ice.

Shake or stir well.

Strain into a martini glass.

Serve straight up with an olive.


  • For a less dry martini, use more vermouth – up to 2 parts gin and 1 part vermouth.

  • Some people use a twist of lemon (a small piece of lemon zest) instead of the olive, but this isn’t as traditional.

  • Use vodka instead of gin for a vodka martini.

  • Use a pickled onion instead of an olive for a Gibson cocktail.

  • It’s become trendy to call many different cocktails a kind of martini, so beware. Some of these drinks bear little resemblance to the real thing.