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A dry martini tastes primarily of gin with a little splash of vermouth.  If you don’t like drinking cocktails that are overly sweet, this one is for you.

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  • 1/3 – 1/2 tot Dry Vermouth
  • 2 tots 1st Principles Gin of Choice

PREP TIME: ± 5min

YIELDS: 1 serving

One of the most popular claims is that the drink was created at the popular Occidental Hotel in San Francisco, possibly in the late 1850s or early 1860s, by  Jerry Thomas, a well-known and renowned 19th-century bartender.

The martini is a gin and vermouth-based cocktail that is typically served with an olive or a fresh lemon twist as garnish. As time has passed, the martini has become more and more popular. Unlike gin-based martinis, vodka martinis are popular versions that substitute vodka for the gin base.

The term “dry” signifies the amount of vermouth that is added to the drink, putting the emphasis mostly on the gin. A dry martini will have very little vermouth. A very dry martini will have only a slight dash of vermouth.


Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass with ice, stir well and strain into a chilled martini glass.


Garnish with an olive or lemon peel.


For a sweeter Dry martini, see Honeybush Martini. Squeeze the oil from the lemon peel onto the drink.


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