How to make a gin martini – a bombshell of a cocktail recipe!

How to make a dry gin martini – a bombshell of a cocktail recipe!

The classic dry gin martini cocktail has become a staple over the years, but what makes the best gin martini? Good ingredients! With such a simple cocktail, it’s essential to use high quality dry Vermouth and London dry gin. Obviously, we think our signature gin is the best gin for martini.

There’s always been a debate around ‘shaken or stirred’, but a dry martini should never be shaken, only stirred to stop diluting the martini. By stirring you have full control over the cocktail, whereas shaking alters the temperature resulting in an over-diluted drink. The best way to control the ingredients is to stir for 20-30 seconds to ensure the gin and martini blend well.

The garnish changes everything, a classic martini uses lemon peel to garnish, but to create a dirty martini, add green olive brine into the mixing glass and an olive garnish to finish. Some recipes add lemon slices, lemon peel or cherries, it’s all down to what flavours you enjoy. Same can be said with how dry you like your martini, the less vermouth, the drier the martini!

Don’t forget the ice. The ice is very important and you need a lot. If you don’t use enough ice, the martini will become too watery and tasteless. Make sure you fill your mixing glass to the brim and you will have a perfectly chilled martini.

Want to know how to make a dry gin martini with a Revelry Spirits twist? Follow our gin martini recipe to create the perfect martini…



  • Chilled martini glass


  1. Add St.Germain, gin and vermouth to an ice-filled mixing glass
  2. Stir until chilled
  3. Strain into a chilled martini glass
  4. Garnish with a twist of lemon peel