Home Bar Must-Haves For Anytime Martinis

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There’s something about Martinis that simply offers you a good time! You may like your martini shaken, or stirred, dry or dirty, with gin or vodka, it’s a classy drink that is perfect for any occasion. You can sip it to unwind after a long day or serve it at your house parties, it’s sure to impress. If you want to craft Martinis at home and don’t know where to get started, we have you covered! We have compiled a list of must-haves in your home bar to whip up a Martini anytime you want. 

Home Bar Essentials To Craft Martinis

1. Bar Tools

Bar Tools
To craft delectable cocktails, you will need some essential barware. Bar tools help in mixing your ingredients well, balance the flavours and bring out a smooth texture to your drinks. For example, a cocktail shaker is necessary if you prefer your martini shaken. For stirred martinis, you will need an elegant mixing glass to combine the ingredients. A cocktail jigger helps in measuring the right amount of ingredients and a bar spoon helps in blending them together. You may also want a good cocktail strainer, to filter out any bits of ice or unwanted ingredients from your drinks.

2. Liquor

Some like their Martinis made with gin and some enjoy vodka Martinis. Based on your interests, stock up on the liquor of your choice. Or go the extra mile and get both! You can experiment with various ingredients and flavours and ace your home bartending game! If opting for a gin, we suggest premium brands like Tanqueray or Gordon’s. For example, Tanqueray No TEN gin is great for martini cocktails! For vodka, we suggest you opt for a classic like Smirnoff No. 21 or a modern spirit like Ketel One. 

3. Vermouth

It’s a key ingredient in whipping up a martini cocktail. There are two types - sweet vermouth and dry vermouth. We suggest you stock up on both on your home bar shelf. This way, you can craft different types of flavourful cocktails at home. It’s great for experimenting with numerous drinks and levelling up your home bartending game!

4. Garnishes

Garnishes
Martini cocktail is an elegant and classy drink and a garnish truly enhances its flavour profiles. Olives are a classic option for garnishing martinis. Alternatively, lemon wedges, and orange peels, are also good options to garnish your drink. If you want to craft a Gibson cocktail, which is a delectable variation of Martini, you want to stock up on cocktail onions. 

Now, that you have all your home bar essentials handy, here are two Martini cocktail recipes for you!

1. Classic Dirty Martini Cocktail Recipe

Classic Dirty Martinii
The combination of gin, vermouth and olive brine creates a cocktail that offers an impeccable taste experience. Dirty Martini is a classic cocktail that is smooth and savoury. Here’s the cocktail recipe made using Tanqueray No TEN gin for you to try at home:

Ingredients
- Tanqueray No TEN Gin - 60ml
- Dry Vermouth - 15ml
- Olive Brine - 15ml
- Olives - 3
- Ice

Method
- Grab a cocktail shaker and fill it with ice.
- Measure and pour Tanqueray London Dry Gin, dry vermouth and olive brine into the shaker.
- Shake well to combine.
- Using a cocktail strainer, strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass.
- Garnish with three olives and serve!

2. Classic Vodka Martini Cocktail Recipe

Classic Vodka Martini
A vodka martini is a simple and elegant combination of vodka and vermouth. Every sip of this two-ingredient cocktail is enticing to the senses. Here’s the cocktail recipe made using Smirnoff No. 21 vodka for you to try at home:

Ingredients
- Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka - 45ml
- Dry Vermouth - 25ml
- Lemon Twist - 1
- Ice

Method
- Grab a cocktail shaker and fill it with ice.
- Measure and pour 45ml of Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka, and 25ml of Dry Vermouth into the shaker.
- Shake well to combine.
- Strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass.
- Garnish with a lemon twist, and serve!