Dry Martini (ca. 1900) Recipe

Dry Martini (ca. 1900)

This turn-of-the-20th-century recipe calls for equal parts dry vermouth and gin, which may fly in the face of everything you’ve learned about Martinis in the past (most people use “dry” to mean “using very little vermouth,” while traditionally it simply distinguishes the drink from one made with sweet vermouth). Try one for yourself and see what all the fuss is about!


1.5 oz gin
1.5 oz dry vermouth
1 dash orange bitters
Twist of citrus

Preparation: How to make a Dry Martini (ca. 1900)

  1. Fill a mixing glass with ice.
  2. Add the gin, vermouth, and bitters to a mixing glass filled with ice and stir until chilled, about 30 seconds.
  3. Strain into a Martini glass.
  4. Squeeze the orange twist over the surface of the drink to express its essential oils, rub it around the rim of the glass, and rest it neatly on the edge
Dry Martini (ca. 1900)