Cocktail Madness: The Art of Making the Perfect Martini

Perhaps, ever since the martini hit the bar seen in the 1950s many have been interested with the cocktail. Plus, thanks to James Bond, the enigma surrounding the drink has grown even more. The curious are just itching to know how to make a martini. Should it be shaken or stirred?

If you want to know how a purist wants his martini done, here is a list of the ingredients you need to know and a step-by-step process to be able to make the perfect cocktail.

Tools Needed:

  1. Metal shaker or glass pitcher
  2. Stemmed martini glasses. It is important to chill them the right way. What is the right way? Before using it for the martini, you should place them in the freezer for a minimum of one hour.


  1. Gin. Many think that martini is made with vodka, but if you want the cocktail to be authentic, you need to use gin.
  2. Vermouth
  3. Ice. You need a lot of ice for when you shake the ingredients together.
  4. Olives or Lemon Peel. These ingredients are for garnishing the martini. You should never use any other garnishes for your martini or else it will be called a different name.


  1. First off, you should store vermouth in the refrigerator. Do not let it sit on the counter. Your metal shaker or glass pitcher should also be chilled before you use it. Once you start making the martini, bring the container out from the freezer.
  2. The next thing you need to do when you are learning how to make a martini is to place ice in the shaker or pitcher. Do not be thrifty about this. Place around eight pieces or until the container is ¾ filled.
  3. Take the vermouth from the ref and pour in the liquid into its cup. That is how much you want to place in your one serving of martini. Pour it in the shaker. Coat the ice pieces and the bottom of the container with vermouth by swirling the shaker/pitcher gently.
  4. Pour in 3 ounces of gin, which should also be chilled before using, to the mixture. Nope you do not need more than 3 ounces as the classic martini isn’t as huge as a pint glass.
  5. If you are using a metal shaker, swirl the container in a semi-energetic manner but not too much. You just want to infuse the gin to the vermouth and chill the drink with ice. On the other hand, if you are using a pitcher, stir the contents gently. You can swirl or stir more for about a minute.
  6. If you are using olives as garnish, take them out of the ref then stuff the middle of each olive with red pimiento. This is how olives are normally served with martini. Stick the olives, about a couple of them into a toothpick. If you are using a lemon peel. Make a lemon peel twist.
  7. Take the martini glass from the freezer and strain the cocktail into it. Place the olive stick in or the lemon peel and then serve.

Knowing how to make a perfect martini is easier than what some people are trying to portray it to be. The only trick part is the swirling or stirring because you don’t want to bruise the gin or crack the ice, which results to a more diluted cocktail. You can definitely do it!