How To Make The Ultimate Martini

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Ice-cold, strong as hell and gloriously retro, the martini ranks as one of the greatest cocktails ever poured. It’s a classic that rarely disappoints—providing it’s done right, of course. One of the best martinis available is served at Bemelmans Bar, the discreet and decadent watering hole inside the swanky Carlyle Hotel on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

What You’ll Need:

Gin (Beefeater, Bombay or Tanqueray preferred)

Vermouth

Ice

Mixing Glass

Chilled Martini Glass

Mixing Spoon

Cocktail Strainer

Instructions:

“Rinse” mixing glass with vermouth by swirling around the whole glass and then dumping out. Fill it up with ice. Pour in four ounces of gin (or five, if you’re feeling brave), then stir gently until ice cold. Strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with olives. Start drinking.