Ready to learn a new skill that will impress your friends and family members? Want to be perceived as a much fancier and more interesting person than you currently are? Luckily, there's a classic cocktail that exudes vintage glamour that's easy to master with just a bit of practice: the perfect martini.
Here are the simple step-by-step instructions for how to create the perfect martini. Plus, we've included links to all the necessary equipment you'll need to whip up a drink worthy of Gatsby. Be prepared to start hosting a lot more cocktail parties. You might want to start investing in additional seating now, just to be safe.
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First things first, you'll need a cocktail jigger.
via: ShutterstockMeasure out three ounces of dry gin (or vodka) with your handy jigger and pour it into your cocktail shaker. Then, finish it up by measuring out 1/2 ounce of dry vermouth and adding it to the base of the shaker. Note: this recipe makes one martini, so double, triple, quadruple, etc based on your party size. If you're making a dirty martini, add a splash of olive brine to the mix as well.
via: AmazonThis nifty little bartending tool is often two-sided and features one end with a 1.5-ounce measurement as well as a 1-ounce cup on the other side. This Hudson & Lane Stainless Steel Cocktail Barware Double Measuring Jigger is stylish, well-made, and available on Amazon for under $10 bucks.
Next, grab your shaker.
via: ShutterstockA classic cocktail shaker consists of three parts: the base, the strainer, and the cap. It's typically made from stainless steel and is lightweight yet sturdy enough to withstand a thorough shaking. By now, you've already poured your measured-out spirits into the base. Now, fill it with ice, replace the strainer and lid, and get to shaking.
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You can't make a martini without a good martini glass, right?
via: ShutterstockYou're going to want to choose a glass with a stem and a fluted design for a simple yet elegant look. Once your concoction is sufficiently shaken up, use the strainer to pour it into your glass. It should fill right to the top of the glass without spilling over.
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And now we move on to the most creative part of the martini: the garnish.
via: ShutterstockWhile the appropriate garnish for a martini is a matter of great debate, the most old-school way to finish off the drink is with a trio of green cocktail olives. If you go this route (instead of a lemon peel or a string of pickled pearl onions, for example), you'll need to pierce them onto a decorative toothpick.
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Choosing quality olives is just as important as the quality of liquor when it comes to creating cocktails.
via: ShutterstockThe number of olives you include is completely up to you. The traditional amount is a string of three. However, if you have a guest that you know is a huge green olive fan, feel free to load up their glass with extras. Have someone over who isn't a big fan of pickled stuff? Stick to just one.
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