50-50 Martini

50-50 Martini
Photo by John Lee

From Shake.Stir.Sip.: More Than 50 Effortless Cocktails Made in Equal Parts, by Kara Newman (Chronicle Books)

For a few people, this not-too-boozy martini variation is easy to mix in bulk so your guests only have to pour once. For a larger group, mix up a batch the night before, funnel into bottles and set in the freezer for a perfectly chilled, slightly viscous pour. When guests arrive, set the bottles in a bowl of ice, and add an array of bitters and garnishes (lemon peels, orange peels, olives and caperberries are popular options) for a DIY martini station.

  • 1 ½ ounces dry gin
  • 1 ½ ounces dry vermouth
  • Green olive for garnish

In an ice-filled mixing glass, combine the gin and vermouth. Stir well, and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with the olive before serving.

Published on December 27, 2016
About the Author
Kara Newman 
Spirits Editor

Kara Newman reviews spirits and writes about spirits and cocktail trends for Wine Enthusiast. She’s the author of several cocktail books, including Shake.Stir.Sip., NIGHTCAP: More than 40 Cocktails to Close Out Any Evening and Cocktails With a Twist, released August 2019. Email: spirits@wineenthusiast.net

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