How to: The perfect Martini

It’s a quintessentially classic cocktail, but although it may seem simple on the outside, the martini can be a tricky drink to get right. There’s a reason James Bond was so particular about his order in the first place. Even with only two ingredients to its name, enthusiasts love to debate the martini endlessly. But how do the Masons expert bartenders think it should be concocted?


Ice – If there’s one thing that most expert mixologists out there can agree on, it’s that a martini needs plenty of ice. In fact, if you think you have enough, then add a little more just to be on the safe side, even if it’s only needed for the preparation.

A proper glass – Don’t just serve your cocktail in any old glass from the back of the cupboard. For this you will need a proper stemmed martini glass, and we highly recommend that it is thoroughly chilled. And by that we mean store it in the freezer for a minimum of one hour before making and serving your martini. Temperature is key.

Vermouth – This is where the flavour comes from. Opt for a nice a dry vermouth.

The right equipment – We’d recommend having a metal shaker or a glass pitcher on hand for preparation.

Garnish – From a professional standpoint, there are only two acceptable garnishes that should be added to a martini; lemon peel or olives. If you add anything else, then it simply isn’t a martini anymore.

Gin – Last but definitely not least, you will need the gin. There is some debate about whether a martini should be made with vodka or gin but here at Masons we are firmly in camp gin; sorry Bond. Stick to unflavoured gins too.

What you’ll need

  • The ingredients above
  • Cocktail shaker
  • Ice
  • 50ml dry gin
  • 10 – 15ml dry vermouth
  • 1 lemon twist per glass OR olives and cocktail sticks


  1. Fill your cocktail shaker with ice and add the vermouth. 10 – 15ml may not seem like a lot but trust us, it’s all you’ll need. Stir together for a few seconds.
  2. Strain the vermouth into the chilled martini glass, leaving the ice behind in the cocktail shaker.
  3. Add the gin to the cocktail shaker and stir quickly for approximately 50 turns.
  4. Strain the gin into your martini glass, again leaving the ice behind.
  5. Twist the lemon over the drink – this will bring out a hint of citrus – and add the garnish to the edge of the glass.
  6. Serve and drink immediately, as the martini is best enjoyed as cold as possible.

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