At the risk of pissing off some purists, we're going to go ahead and say it. A martini should be made with GIN.
Not only should it be made with gin, you should actually put a good bit of vermouth in there. That's right, none of this 'vermouth atomizer' bullshit. Pour it in.
The final myth we need to dispel (thanks to good ol' 007) is that a martini should always be stirred. Shaking it will only further water it down, losing the flavor of the gin. Speaking of flavorful gin...
Distilled and bottled in Seattle, Washington, Big Gin is a gin-lover's gin. Packed with botanicals, it sings with both the flavors of Traditional English gin (juniper, coriander, bitter orange) and modern flavor notes from Tasmanian pepperberry and grains of paradise, the peppery seeds of a member of the ginger family. So, in order to play off the existing flavors of this great gin, we added just a touch of lemon bitters.
cocktail mixing glass
3 oz Big Gin
1.5 oz dry vermouth
1 dash lemon bitters
lemon twist for garnish
Start by chilling your glass by placing it in the freezer or filling with crushed ice. Add the gin, vermouth and bitters to a cocktail mixing glass. Add ice and stir to chill for about 15-20 seconds. Strain into your chilled martini glass and garnish with the lemon twist.