Original Dry Martini

  • Serves

    makes 1 Cocktail

A London dry gin can stand up to a lot more vermouth than you might suspect. The original 1910s-era formula for this iconic drink demonstrates that fact elegantly. Contributing Editor Dave Wondrich gave gin its due in "Revolutionary Spirit" (April 2010).


  • 1 12 oz. London dry or Plymouth gin
  • 1 12 oz. French white dry vermouth
  • 2 dashes orange bitters (preferably Regan's Orange Bitters No. 6)
  • Strip of orange peel


Step 1

In a large glass, combine gin, vermouth, bitters, and 2 cups ice. Stir for 15 seconds and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Twist a strip of orange peel over the top and drop it in.

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