Classic Martini: 2 Ways!

Classic Martini – 2 Ways!

…A Shake Through One of History’s Most Emblematic Cocktails…

Today we are shaking things up and offering some tips on how to make classic martini’s at home! Today we’re talking about a Classic Martini : How To: 2 Ways! Dry with a twist, and Dirty!


Check out our Classic Martini: How To Video!

Traditionally, the Martini was a cocktail composed of just two ingredients: gin and vermouth. The drink was typically garnished with a twist of lemon or olives.  However, since its inception – the Martini has become one of the most iconic, well-known alcoholic beverages in the world. They’ve come a long way from the start. Let’s take a quick look at the Martini’s transformation through the decades… 

The name Martini came from the brand name used by an Italian producer of vermouth in Italy, Alessandro Martini.  Still today, arguably the most well-known brand of vermouth.  

The Martini reached its height just in time for the roaring 20’s! At this time the Martini was comprised of London Dry Gin and Dry Vermouth in a 2:1 ratio, stirred over ice, and served strained into a cocktail glass.  At the time of the United States’ prohibition legislation, the illegal manufacturing of gin was relatively easy. This led to the predominance of this cocktail during this time. After Prohibition ended, the availability of quality gin led the drink to become progressively drier – that is, over time, the amount of vermouth in a Martini became less and less. 

It even became the norm to rub a finger with vermouth on it around the rim of the glass for just the “essence” of the botanical aroma. Or as Winston Churchill did – chilled his gin and “bowed in the direction of France” (another large producer of Vermouth). As the Martini evolved, it moved further and further from its roots and became anything but.  

By the 1970’s and 1980’s, the Martini was considered antiquated. The 1980’s brought about more complex and elaborate cocktails like Sex on the Beach, Long Island Iced Teas, Tequila Sunrises, and Mudslides.  


But in the mid-90’s, drinks served in a Martini cocktail glass gave the word “-tini” a whole new meaning.  A new wave of cocktails like the Espresso Martini, Appletini, Chocolate Martini took on the catchy suffix – but were made with vodka and other ingredients – not including dry vermouth – and therefore lacked any commonality with a true Martini.  


Today, Martini’s are enjoyed in many fashions.  Perhaps one of today’s most common orders for a Martini often implies folks are just asking for straight vodka chilled over ice – which isn’t really a Martini at all…    


Nonetheless, bartenders everywhere have their own unique twist on, and favorite variation of, one of the most symbolic cocktails in history. 



Here’s our recipes from the Classic Martini : 2 Ways video… and a bonus Appletini Recipe! 


Traditional Martini

3 oz Ketel One Vodka

½ oz Martini & Rossi Dry Vermouth


Shaken over ice, Strained and served in a chilled Martini cocktail glass


Twist a lemon rind (with twist-tool or a pairing knife – CAREFULLY!)


Rub twist around rim of glass to release the essential oils and aroma


Drop twisted rind into Martini 



Classic Dirty Martini

3 oz Ketel One Vodka

½ oz Olive Juice/Brine


Shaken over ice, Strained and served in a chilled Martini cocktail glass


Spear 3 Bleu-cheese stuffed (or regular) Olives


Drop olives into Martini 



BONUS : Appletini

2.5 oz Ketel One Vodka

1.5 oz Sour Apple Schnapps

Splash of Sweet-n-Sour drink mix


Shaken over ice, Strained and served in a chilled Martini cocktail glass


Garnish with 1 Maraschino cherry

What is YOUR favorite Martini? Tell us what recipes you’d like to see!

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Pumpkin Pie Martini -Fall Cocktail Recipe

Pumpkin Pie Martini -Fall Cocktail

We love fall here at ShortStaf and can’t wait to share this fun and easy Pumpkin Pie Martini-Fall Cocktail recipe!  It is perfect for Halloween, Thanksgiving, or any Fall Day or party with friends.

Let’s get started!

Things you will need to get set up…

  1. A shaker
  2. A one ounce measuring cup and a Tablespoon
  3. A martini glass
  4. Two small plates

Ingredients Needed:

  • Pumpkin Puree
  • GF graham cracker crumbs
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Titos Vodka
  • RumChata Liquor
  • Water or Simple Syrup
  • Ice

The Recipe: You can also find this on our Pinterest page here.

2 oz Rum Chata

1 oz Vodka

2 tbs Pumpkin Puree

Pumpkin Pie Spice – Just a sprinkle on top.


How To:



Start by getting your graham cracker rim ready! 

Wet the rim of the glass using your first plate with a layer of water or simple syrup in it, then dip the glass into the plate.  Then take your second plate and put a layer of the graham cracker crumbs and dip your wet rim into it. First step done!  Set your glass to the side.

The Cocktail!

Start by filling your shaker with ice.  Then add the first three ingredients (Titos, RumChata, and the Pumpkin Puree) into the shaker and shake it up for about 15 seconds.

Pour your delicious mix into your graham cracker rimmed martini glass, top with a sprinkle of Pumpkin Pie Spice to taste, and enjoy 🙂

That’s it!  Now sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Note: You can also substitute cinnamon for the Pumpkin Pie Spice on top if you want. Want it a little sweeter? Try this recipe using Vanilla Vodka and a few drops of Agave! 

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Love the ShortStaf Team