There is no getting away from the classic cocktails and we feel its time to step up our game and pay homage to these incredible classics. Some like this drink with olives, others with a lemon twist. Some prefer the vermouth to only rinse the glass, others like the classic 2:1 gin to vermouth ratio. No matter how you have it, you can't underestimate how smooth and clean this drink, not to mention how strong. This is one of my favorite ways to make a martini and while there are a million variations, this is the one that I think really hits home.
Before you even think about beginning, chill a martini or coupe glass in the freezer- the longer the better! We will take this out right as we finish the drink.
Take your lemon and use a small pairing knife or potato peeler to cut off a nice piece of the lemon. Try to do a shallow cut to get as much of the peel as possible while leaving the white inner rind intact to the fruit.
In a tall glass, pour in your vermouth and your gin. If you are one of those people who don't like too much vermouth, you can just rinse the martini glass in vermouth before adding in your gin. For the rest of use, once your alcohols are in the glass add a few ice cubes and stir until very very VERY cold making sure not to chip the ice which dilutes the drink.
Take your lemon peel and twist it over the top of the glass and if you like, run the peel around the rim of the glass, although I traditionally just drop it in.
Strain the chilled gin and vermouth mixture into the martini glass with the lemon in it and enjoy this Classic Gin Martini!