According to the IBA (International Bartenders Association) the martini is found in literature as early as the 1860's but gained popularity during prohibition, ironically enough. There are numerous recipes for the ratio of gin to vermouth but IBA specifies approximately 2oz. of gin or vodka to every 1/2 oz. of vermouth with either an olive or a twist of lemon. A dry martini has less vermouth and a wet martini has more.
2 oz. Gordon's gin
1/2 oz. Dry vermouth
Pour the vermouth into a well chilled martini glass and swirl it around to coat. Pour the excess into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Add the gin and shake well. Pour into the martini glass, twist the lemon peel over the drink and then garnish the glass with it.
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