How To Make a Classic Martini — Cocktail Lessons from The Kitchn

A Martini is one of the most iconic and classic cocktails around. It's also one that not a lot of people agree on when it comes to making it the best way. Gin or vodka? Stirred or shaken? Ice shards or double strained? Lemon twist or olives? Blue cheese stuffed? Dirty?

Point being, how you like your Martini is probably different than how your aunt likes hers. Despite this, you and your aunt can both agree that crafting a great Martini at home can make you feel as classy and sophisticated as they come!

Because there are so many options, it's always good to start with the tried-and-true classic recipe for a Martini before you get to customizing your own. As we dive into the recipe, let's take a look at how such an elegant two-ingredient cocktail can have so many people divided.


This Is One Thing I’ll Never DIY — Spirits 101

I'm not ashamed to say it: I'd like everyone who comes to my apartment to think that I'm a domestic goddess. I'd like the table to be Pinterest-worthy, but also totally original. I want the pie crust to be so flaky, you can't possibly believe I made it from scratch. And I want the cocktails to be unique and plentiful. I don't mind fussing — bring on the fuss, even if it means spending all day in the kitchen.

That said, there's one thing I definitely won't be caught sweating over: making my own bitters. Sure, I know they're a staple of a bar that's making any sort of cocktail worth its weight in Instagram likes, but unless you actually own a bar that takes customers (do you? Can I come by?), I feel strongly that there's nothing you can make for a cocktail at home that you wouldn't be able to buy in a form that's just as great, if not better — especially bitters. Here's why.


Wanna Make Martinis at Home? Start Here. — Party Drinks

Famed cocktail author David Wondrich once said of the Martini, "Where mystique and simplicity collide, you get religion." Such is true of this classic cocktail that requires only two ingredients, but divides families in its rules of preparation. Seemingly every Martini-lover, home bartender, and professional bartender has something to say about how Martinis should be made. If Martinis are new to you or you simply want to improve your home Martini, here are the three things you need to get started.


How To Make a Classic Whiskey Sour — Cocktail Lessons from The Kitchn

A whiskey sour is yours for the making year-round. It's refreshing enough to keep up with a spritz during the warm summer months, and so appropriate during the colder seasons of the year. Even if you're not a whiskey fan (which breaks my heart), you might still find yourself swooning over a well-crafted whiskey sour. It's that good! The secret is using fresh ingredients.

It's such an easy cocktail to make at home, and perfect for entertaining guests. There's nothing better than hearing that ooh! from your guest when you hand them a coupe glass filled with whiskey sour goodness.

To get started, you'll need some bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup, and one small egg (optional, but more on this in a bit).


Why You Should Stop Walking by the Hotel Bar — The Hotel Bar

The school I went to in Italy was attached to a hotel. That may sound strange, but with professors coming to teach from all over the world, perhaps they thought it simply made good business sense. Of course, it was the students who took most advantage of the lobby bar. We'd pop in for a quick espresso before class or convene for a spritz post-exam.

While it was far from the most luxe hotel bar on the planet — a bit dusty and outdated — it makes me happy just thinking about it. Then again, pretty much any hotel bar makes me swoon.


Yes, You Should Put Apple Cider in Your Hot Toddy — Delicious Links

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Today is National Hot Toddy Day and so we are under obligation to imbibe this classic warm cocktail. And while a traditional hot toddy will suffice, this extra-special version — with spiced tea, orange peel, bitters, and apple cider — is really the way to go.


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