Recipe: Traditional Martini

I feel sorry for people that don't drink, because when they wake up in the morning, that is the best they are going to feel all day. — Frank Sinatra

For some reason, I have been on a Martini kick of late. It may be because my wife and I have been listening to quite a bit of Frank Sinatra and, honestly, I just always picture myself sitting in an old Vegas lounge sipping my Martini and listening to Frank. 

The Martini is a drink that is often changed depending on the drinker. This recipe is my favorite Martini. It is a simple 3:1 ratio of Gin to Vermouth. I typically use Hendrick's because of it's easy flavor and a quality vermouth like Noilly Prat. 

Most people would serve a Hendrick's martini with a cucumber garnish, but I am a sucker for olives. I like my martini a little dirty and having the salt and spice from a good spanish green olive really pairs well with this martini. 

The Martini, more than just about any cocktail, can be ruined with poor ingredients. Quality gin and quality vermouth are the only way to make this a quality drink. 


3oz Hendrick's Gin

1oz Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth

3 Green Olives


Add three ounces of gin and one ounce of dry vermouth to a mixing glass. Add very cold ice, stir until well chilled. Strain carefully into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with three olives on a pick. 

Some people will ask for a Martini and expect it to be served with vodka. I disagree, a traditional Martini is with gin and only gin. If you are more of a vodka fan you can find the recipe for the Vesper Martini here. 

Now just stir yourself a little Martini and turn up the Frank.