Saturday Spirits: Classic Martini

There is just nothing like a classic martini. A smooth, ice cold martini is my idea of a perfect night cap. My personal order is a shaken, dirty and dry vodka martini served up. However, I’m not too picky… I’ll drink them a variety of ways depending on my mood and supplies.

The thing that I learned as a bartender is that there are not a lot of people comfortable ordering martinis. Often people would slide up to the bar and that they’d like a martini and then they’d be stumped by questions about the drink. It is good to know the differences between the terms so that you know what you like. No bartender wants to make you a drink you don’t enjoy.

I’m sharing with you today some martini terminology and my recipe for my classic martini. Just gonna put this out there… there are a LOT of different ways to make martinis and there are a lot of “classic martini recipes” hanging out in the web. I’d say, test them and figure out what YOU like. That is the important part of all this anyways. Also, check back next week where I share some fun variations on the martini.

Classic Martini


  • 2 oz Gin or Vodka
  • 3/4 oz dry vermouth
  • ice
  • shaker and/or long spoon
  • fine mesh sieve (or strainer)
  • Martini glass (TIP: Throw your martini glass into a freezer for a nice frosted glass.)
  • Garnish: olives or lemon twist


  1. Pour your gin or vodka and dry vermouth over ice in a shaker
  2. Shake or Stir the ingredients and ice- (I like shaking it because I feel like it makes it nice and icy!)
  3. Strain the ingredients into a martini glass
  4. Garnish  your martini with a lemon twist or olives- (I’m all about the olives.)

Martini Terminology

What the heck does all that stuff mean anyways? Well, here are my definitions!

Dirty: Made with olive juice. I start with about 1/4 oz and sometimes, when I am feeling like having a really dirty martini I up the olive juice to 1/2 oz.

Dry: Less vermouth! When I make my dry martini I take my vermouth down to 1/4 oz. Though, if you want very dry just omit the vermouth entirely.

On the Rocks: Served over ice.

Perfect: A martini using 50% dry and 50% sweet vermouth

Shaken: Ingredients shaken over ice.

Stirred: Ingredients stirred with a bar spoon with ice for about 45 seconds or so. This doesn’t “agitate” the ingredients.

Up: Served in a martini glass with no ice.

Wet: This term isn’t used often…. but, just in case you LOVE vermouth this one is for you. This means that you’d like the vermouth upped in your drink.

With a Twist: Served with a citrus twist (typically lemon) instead of olives. Adds a bit of the smell and taste of the citrus oils to your drink.

Am I missing anything? What is your favorite martini order? Comment below!


One Response
  1. Bee

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge

Holidays Inspiration Occassions Party Activities Party Attire Party DIYs Party Favors Party Food Party Tips Party Trends Real Parties Styled Shoots
Free Printable Vampire Portraits
Hey Girl Party Activities: Color Me Yours
Hey Girl Party Activities: Hey Girl Guest Book
DIY Marriage Our World Productivity Skin Cancer Awareness Traditions
Hair-Changes Featured
Dealing with Change
Rock for a Reason: Outdoor Rock Concert to Benefit 4-Year old with cancer – 9/10/2014
Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Portland Walk September 7th!
Appetizers Beer Breakfasts Cocktails Condiments Cookbook Review Desserts Dinner Healthy Eats Lunch Menu Ideas Non-Alcoholic Drinks Preserving Salads Saturday Spirits Sides
AWCP - Powell and Mahooney Bloody Mary - Featured
Saturday Spirits: Bloody Mary Bar with Powell & Mahoney
Saturday Spirits: Pear & Apple Cider Sangria
Saturday Spirits: Lollipop Sparkling Cocktails
Cleaning Gardening Home DIY
Free Printables: House Guest Welcome
Ikea registry
Ikea Portland Has a Registry!!!
Featured: DIY Sunscreen Station at Today’s Creative Blog
Beauty Fitness Hair Self Care Women's Fashion
Hair-Changes Featured
Dealing with Change
Self Care and Yoga // A Well Crafted Party
Fitness: Making Time for Self-Care & Yoga
Late Summer Nudes // A Well Crafted Party
Beauty: Nudes of Late Summer
A Well Crafted Man: My Whole30 Experiment and Shurky Jurky Review
Choosing Our Family Photo Attire
Urban Gardening: Prepping Your Soil (What Not To Do)
A Blogger's Better Half
Husband of a Blogger
Baby Style Breastfeeding Fatherhood Kid Food Monthly Photos Motherhood Pregnancy Toddler Style
Toddler Style: Hair Cut
Vintage Toddler Style
Toddler Style: Vintage Cool
Choosing Our Family Photo Attire
Bloggers to Follow Blogging Tips PNW Blogger Portland Blogger Portland Food Bloggers
DIY Blog Tour
Snapshots: Portland Bloggers’ Website Has New Look!
Free Printable Pitch Minder – For Bloggers!
Downloads Printables
Free Printable Vampire Portraits
Free Printable Pitch Minder – For Bloggers!
Free Printables: House Guest Welcome
Recommended Businesses Restaurants Things To Do Upcoming Events
Oregon Zoo at Halloween // A Well Crafted Party
Snapshots: Howloween at the Oregon Zoo
Portland Center Stage presents Dreamgirls
Portland: St. Jude Autumn Harvest this Saturday!