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AB's Martini

My perfect martini is made with gin and dry vermouth, and no offense to Mr. Bond, but I prefer mine stirred, not shaken.
Looking to mix things up? Substitute a black olive for the green olive and you've got a Buckeye. Use a cocktail onion and you have a Gibson. Add a shot of Scotch and you have a Smoky Martini, and a few drops of the brine from the olive jar would give you a Dirty Martini. I occasionally like to sneak in a few flakes of smoked sea salt for a kind of Dirty Smoky Martini... but that's just me.
This recipe first appeared in Season 9 of Good Eats.
Alton Brown's classic martini in a martini glass with a green olive.
ACTIVE TIME: 5 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 5 minutes
Yield: 1 drink


  • 1 cup crushed ice, plus extra for chilling glass
  • 1/2 fluid ounce dry vermouth
  • 2 1/2 fluid ounces gin
  • 1 green olive

Specialized Hardware

  • Boston-style cocktail shaker


  • Place some crushed ice into a wide-rimmed glass, and set aside.
  • Place 1 cup of crushed ice into a Boston-style cocktail shaker. Pour in the vermouth and swirl it around, making as much contact as possible with the ice. Using a strainer, pour the vermouth out. Add the gin and stir well to combine.
  • Remove the ice from your serving glass and add the olive. Using the strainer, pour the gin into the serving glass.