The "Fifty-Fifty" Dry Martini Recipe

The Martini is one of the best-known cocktails in the American repertoire, and has begat ample derivatives–some good, some bad (ahem, Appletini). Here, a purist's version that is bone-dry and true to form. 

Recipe adapted from Derek Brown, The Columbia Room, Washington, D.C.

Dry Martini (Also Known As A Fifty-Fifty)
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Make this Dry Martini cocktail from Derek Brown in Washington, D.C.
  • 1½ ounces London dry gin or Plymouth Gin
  • 1½ ounces Dolin dry vermouth
  • Dash of orange bitters
  • Ice
  • Lemon peel
  1. In a mixing glass, combine the gin, vermouth and bitters. Add the ice and stir until cold. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Twist the lemon peel over the surface of the drink to express the oils. Discard the peel and serve.
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