How to Make a Martini

Ok, this one gets a bit complicated. Martinis can be straight-forward (just gin and vermouth) or extremely complicated with any number of peculiarities. There are thousands of variations, but don't get too bogged down in the details- mixing drinks should be fun. Don't let anyone tell you differently.

First off, Martini is the drink name, not the glass. Second, many bartenders recommend the Martini to be stirred, not shaken. A shaken Martini, properly called a Bradford, is cloudy due to the watering down of the spirits. So take that, James Bond.

There will always be a dispute over the martini, which is good because it gives you an excuse to try a variety of versions.

2 � oz gin
� oz dry vermouth
1 green olive
A dash of orange or Angostura bitters

- Pour the gin and vermouth into a mixing glass with ice cubes
- Stir or shake for 30 seconds
- Strain into a cocktail glass
- Add a dash of orange or Angostura bitters
- Garnish with an olive or a lemon twist if desired