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Slater House 50/50 Martini

Serves: Makes 1 cocktail

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1 1/2 ounces Navy-strength gin, such as Hayman’s 
1 1/2 ounces dry vermouth, such as Dolin 
3 dashes orange bitters, such as Regan’s
Large ice cubes
Lemon peel
Cocktail olive, for garnish


Place a Nick & Nora or other cocktail glass in the freezer to chill.

In a mixing glass, combine the gin, vermouth and bitters. Add the ice cubes and stir until the cocktail is well-chilled, about 30 seconds. Strain into the chilled glass. Twist the lemon peel over the cocktail express its oils. Garnish with the olive, on a toothpick. Serve immediately.

Photo Credit (Mixing Glass): Crafthouse by Fortessa

About the recipe

This martini, from cocktail columnist Jerry Slater, is in the style of late 19th-century martinis, with a 1:1 ratio of gin to vermouth.