Martini Recipe

Cocktail Hour: The Martini

The classic martini is making a comeback, starting with this traditional recipe served to your guests with your complete set of cocktail equipment from Kitchen Warehouse.

Like most famous cocktails, the exact origin of the Martini is unclear. We know that in 1863 vermouth was marketed under the brand name of Martini, named for its director. In 1860 a similar cocktail, the Martinez, was served at the Occidental Hotel in San Francisco to people waiting for a ferry to the town of Martinez . Regardless of the origins, the Martini became a popular drink thanks to the ease of making gin illegally during the prohibition years in America, followed by James Bond predilection for the drink ‘shaken, not stirred.’ So slip on your tux and prepare to make an impression.

Tip: Chill your glasses, shaker and alcohol in the freezer for at least an hour before making the Martini.



  • 90 ml gin or vodka (stored in freezer)
  • 15 ml dry vermouth (stored in refrigerator)
  • Ice cubes
  • Large pimento-stuffed green olives
  • Lemon Twist


  1. Place 7 to 8 ice cubes in chilled cocktail shaker.
  2. Measure gin/vodka and vermouth into shaker and shake for about 10 seconds until cold.
  3. Strain into a chilled martini cocktail glass. Do not add ice.
  4. Garnish with olives or a lemon twist.

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