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The task: Mixing a classic martini

The pro: Charlotte Voisey, cocktail consultant and brand ambassador for Hendrick’s Gin.

Mixing a classic martini: Step 1

Illustrations: Atsuhiro Saisho

Step 1


Pack a standard martini glass with ice and water to chill it, and set aside. Tip: Large cubes made with filtered or spring water are ideal for the purest flavor and slowest dilution.

Mixing a classic martini: Step 2

Step 2


Use a one-ounce jigger to measure three ounces of gin, a ¼ ounce of dry vermouth and two dashes of orange bitters (try Fee Brothers brand). Combine over ice in the mixing glass of a two-piece Boston shaker.

Mixing a classic martinie: Step 3

Step 3


Hold the base of the glass to avoid warming its contents and place a bar spoon flush against the inside of the glass. Using a “carousel” movement (up and down, round and round), stir the drink 20 times clockwise and 20 times counterclockwise. The motion will cool and dilute the gin, giving it a silky texture. Voisey prefers this method to shaking, which can cloud the drink.

Mixing a classic martini: Step 4

Step 4


Place a julep strainer (it resembles a slotted spoon) over the mixing vessel. Pick up the chilled martini glass, discard the ice water and, keeping the strainer in place with your forefinger, decant the drink in a circular motion so that the liquid does not splash over the rim.

Mixing a classic martini: Step 5

Step 5


Cut a thick strip of lemon zest to garnish: Rub it on the rim of the glass and snap it over the top of the drink to release the rind’s essential oils. Drop it into the martini and serve.

—Jordana Rothman

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