How Do You Make a Martini?

Stephanie Stiavetti
How to Make a Martini
There are many kinds of martinis.

How do you make a martini? It's a very simple process once you know what to do. When you've learned how to make a martini, you can use your new skill to create a wide variety of drinks. You'll be the life of any party!

Recipes for Popular Martinis

Making a martini is not difficult, and there are several different martinis that you might want to learn about. There is the classic martini that comes in shaken or stirred varieties - but beyond that, the sky's the limit! With a little skill, you'll soon be mixing up martinis in all sorts of flavors and coming up with your own winning combinations. Why not develop your own signature martini recipes?

The Stirred Martini

The stirred martini is a classic cocktail for any classy guy or doll. Once you've learned how to make a martini, you'll be able to have one whenever you want.

  • 6 cracked ice cubes
  • 4 ounces of your favorite gin
  • 1 tablespoon dry vermouth (Although you can substitute sweet vermouth if that's your preference.)
  • 1 olive

Place the ice cubes, vermouth and gin into a mixing vessel and stir. Strain the contents into a martini glass and add an olive for decoration.

The Shaken Martini

James Bond loved his martini shaken, not stirred, so why shouldn't you? There's a little 007 in all of us.

  • 6 cracked ice cubes
  • 4 ounces high quality gin
  • 1 tablespoon dry vermouth
  • 1 olive

Place the ice cubes, vermouth and vodka into a shaker and shake gently, but well. Strain the contents into a martini glass, and add an olive or two for garnish.

The Dirty Martini

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Some folks like their martinis dirty; this means the brine from the olives is added to the drink, giving it a dirty look.

  • 6 cracked ice cubes
  • 4 ounces gin
  • 1 tablespoon dry vermouth
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon brine from the olive jar (You can also purchase olive brine separately.)
  • 1 olive

Place the ice cubes, vermouth, gin and brine into a mixing glass and stir with a long spoon. Strain the contents while pouring them into a martini glass, and add an olive (some people prefer three) for decoration.

The Vodka Martini

If you like vodka, you'll love the vodka martini. This classy drink is perfect for a night alone or at a swanky bar.

  • 6 cracked ice cubes
  • 4 ounces of high quality vodka
  • 1 tablespoon dry vermouth
  • 1 olive

Place the ice cubes, vermouth and vodka into a mixing glass and stir with a long spoon. Strain the beverage while pouring it into a martini glass, and add an olive or a lemon twist for decoration.

The Saketini

Why not try a little Japanese flair with your martini, by making a saketini? This tasty cocktail is a great drink to serve with Asian food, and your guests will be impressed with your mixology prowess.

  • 6 ice cubes
  • 4 ounces of your favorite gin
  • 1 teaspoon sake

Pour the ice, gin and sake into a shaker and shake well. Strain the contents into a martini glass and serve.

The Appletini

If you don't care for the stronger-tasting martini drinks, why not try a frillier version that's a little sweeter? The appletini might be right up your alley. This might be the version that becomes your favorite drink.

  • 6 ice cubes
  • 2 teaspoons of premium vodka
  • 2 tablespoon soup apple schnapps
  • 1 chunk of tart green apple (You can use a sweeter apple if you prefer.)

Pour the ice, vodka and soup apple schnapps into a shaker and shake well. Pour the contents into a martini glass and serve with a chunk of apple on a toothpick for garnish.

The Chocolate Martini

A chocolate martini might just be the perfect drink if you're craving chocolate and a cocktail at the same time. This simple drink can be whipped up in a matter of seconds, and it makes the perfect accompaniment for your ladies' night mixer.

  • 6 ice cubes
  • 2 ounces of premium vodka
  • 1/2 ounce crème de cacao liqueur

Pour the ice, vodka and crème de cacao into a shaker and shake well. Moisten the rim of a chilled martini glass, and dip it in cocoa powder. Pour the contents of the shaker into the glass and serve.

Try Them All

As you can see, there are many ways to make a martini. Hone your technique with the classic artini, and then give the other recipes a try.

How Do You Make a Martini?