Cocktails 101: The Martini

March 25, 2016

There’s nothing sexier than a martini. Beloved by James Bond and Carrie Bradshaw, the clean, spirit-forward cocktail has proven itself impervious to countless trends, from “shaken, not stirred” to appletinis. A traditional mix of gin or vodka, dry vermouth, and orange bitters is dressed with a choice of olives, onions, or a lemon twist as garnish. To turn the lights down low, just take a sip. Below, every single thing you need to know about the most classic of classic cocktails—history, tips and techniques, recipes, and variations.

History of the Martini

Like many classics cocktails whose origins stretch deep into…