The Classic Martini (and How to Make It Unique)

The Classic Martini (and How to Make It Unique)


The martini is one of the most iconic cocktails known worldwide. Its association to class and sophistication has made it one of the longest-lasting staples at bars. People have been drinking it for a century, and it will most likely continue to be for many years to come. But what makes a real martini? Where did it come from? How can you change it up to make it truly yours? This blog will go over how to make a classic martini and how you can make it unique.


History of the Martini


There is no history book on the origins of the martini. Truth be told, it’s really difficult to pinpoint where exactly the drink came from initially. A popular take on its origin dates back to the 1800s, during the Gold Rush. In this version, a bartender made up a drink on the spot for a gold miner celebrating having struck gold. This drink was made up of gin, bitters, maraschino liqueur, and lemon. It was dubbed as the “Martinez Special.” Although this version is a widespread belief, many others believe that the martini was created in the Knickerbocker Hotel in New York. Whatever its origin story is, the martini remains one of the most epochal, classic, and famous cocktails on the planet.


How to Make a Classic Martini


The world-famous classical martini is a cocktail that can be found in nearly every bar worldwide. However, how do you make one? Luckily, making a martini is relatively simple. The ingredients consist of:


  • 5 ounces of dry gin
  • ½ ounce dry vermouth
  • Green olive
  • Ice


Once you have all of the ingredients, follow the following step to make the perfect classic martini:


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Add gin and vermouth into the cocktail shaker and stir them together
  3. Strain into a martini glass
  4. Garnish with the olive and serve


You can optionally use a lemon twist instead of an olive. This method is still a traditional serving method that can help remove some of the martini flavors for people who want a lighter taste.


If you are not particularly fond of the flavor of the martini but still wish to find a way to enjoy it, you can try changing it up by branching out with different alternatives.


Different Martini Styles


There are different approaches to martinis gaining tremendous popularity, especially with people who are not too big of a fan of the classic martini. A popular variation includes the Hibiscus Martini. It’s an up-and-coming drink that is becoming big in the modern world. Other great martinis include Appletini and the Gibson, a classic twist on the martini that offers a subtler flavor that many people enjoy. Below, you’ll learn what ingredients you need and how to make these three popular variations of the famous martini.


Hibiscus Martini




  • 1 cup of fine sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 tbsp of hibiscus tea in a teabag
  • ½ ounce orange liqueur
  • 2 ounces of vodka
  • 1 ounce of freshly squeezed lime juice
  • A lime peel of garnish




  1. Boil 1 cup of water and add 2 tbsps. of hibiscus tea. Let the tea steep for 10 minutes
  2. Remove the teabag and stir in the fine sugar until fully dissolved
  3. Let the mixture cool. It will be used as a hibiscus syrup
  4. Chill a martini glass
  5. Add vodka, orange liquor, and lime juice into the cocktail shaker and follow with the premade hibiscus syrup
  6.  Fill the remaining space of the shaker with ice
  7. Shake well for ten seconds
  8. Strain into a chilled martini glass and
  9. Serve garnished with lime peel


Man serving Hibiscus Martini


Classic Gibson




  • 5 ounces of gin
  • ½ ounce dry vermouth
  • Pickled onion




  1. Put a couple of cubes of ice into a Boston shaker
  2. Add gin
  3. Add vermouth
  4. Shake well until the shaker is chilled
  5. Pour the mixture into a martini glass
  6. Garnish with pickled onions


Boozy Dry Gin Gibson Martini with Cocktail Onions






  • 5 ounces of vodka
  • ¼ ounce of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1-ounce green apple schnapps
  • An apple slice




  1. First, chill a martini glass
  2. Fill cocktail shaker with ice
  3. Add vodka, apple schnapps, and lemon juice to the cocktail shaker
  4. Shake well
  5. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with the apple slice


Green Alcoholic Appletini Cocktail with Apple Garnish


Now that you have learned what is needed to make a classic or alternate variation of the martini, you can go ahead and try a few of your own recipes! There is no right or wrong way of having a martini. Think about the flavor you often look for in a drink, and don’t be afraid of creating something new! The world of martinis is huge, and there are no limitations to what you can do. We hope this blog helped you explore different ways you can make a martini yours. To get everything you need to make the perfect martini click here to make your online order. You can also email us at