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Course: Drinks
Keyword: Bitter Martini, Cocktails, Drinks, Entertaining, Gin

Bitter Martini

Bitter grapefruit martini with a grapefruit twist in a martini glass.
ACTIVE TIME: 5 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 5 minutes
Yield: 1 cocktail
I am a great lover of martinis, but the classic varieties lack the bitterness I crave; here I out vermouth for Amaro Negro.
My favorite gin to use is infused with grapefruit, so I use the peel of the fruit as a garnish instead of an olive. For a dirty martini, add a squeeze of grapefruit juice.
General note regarding vodka- and gin-based drinks: Because I want to have the option of having my drinks strong, I tend to keep both gin and vodka in the freezer (along with cocktail glasses). This means I don’t have to shake all my drinks with ice, but since the two spirits in this cocktail are of different viscosity, I find a quick stir does the trick.
This recipe first appeared in EveryDayCook.
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  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • 2 1/2 fluid ounces London dry gin, such as Beefeater 24
  • 1/2 fluid ounce Amaro Montenegro
  • Grapefruit peel

Specialized Hardware

  • Boston-style cocktail shaker
Bitter grapefruit martini with a grapefruit twist in a martini glass.
ACTIVE TIME: 5 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 5 minutes
Yield: 1 cocktail

Procedure

  • Wrap the ice cubes up in a clean towel and pound with a rolling pin to crush.
  • Fill a martini glass with 1 cup of the crushed ice and set aside to chill.
  • Add the remaining 1 cup of crushed ice to the bottom of a Boston-style cocktail shaker. Pour in the gin and Amaro Montenegro and stir until chilled, approximately 15 seconds.
  • Discard the ice from the martini glass and strain the gin mixture into the serving glass. Garnish with grapefruit peel and serve immediately.
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