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Classic Martini
  World's most celebrated cocktail. Original Martinis were made with gin, vodka was not introiduced to the States until the 1930s. Vodka Martini is more subtle and cleaner tasting, while gin martini has more pronounced aromatics and a bigger bite. The less vermouth, the drier the Martini. Some prefer shaking, soime prefer stirring. The author says he prefers stirring, as to shaking gives it a "fuzzy flavor"  
Makes four 4 oz drinks

  • 14 oz gin or vodka

  • 2 oz dry vermouth

  • cocktail glasses

Fill a tall pitcher with ice and add the gin or vodka, and vermouth. Stir 50 times. Strain into cocktail glasses, add olives or bay leaves and serve.