My Martini

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My Martini
(Camily Tsai / For The Times)
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On martinis, cocktail gatekeepers of the last decade — writers, consultants, craft bartenders and the like — have been united: There is one “correct” martini, and it is made with gin, a good measure of dry vermouth, an optional dash of orange bitters and a lemon twist. You can futz with the ratio of gin to vermouth if you’d like, but stray too far from that formula and you are mixing up an affront to history. This is one of those correct martinis.


Combine all of the liquid ingredients in a mixing glass filled with ice and stir until very cold, about 30 seconds.


Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.


Express the lemon twist over the surface of the drink and drop it into the glass.

Adapted from “The Martini Cocktail” by Robert Simonson