The martini was most probably invented in the 1800s in California.  Since then it has become a symbol of nightlife itself.  Though methods and ratios are many, most aficionados agree that a true martini is made with gin.  Another important aspect is to have the spirits at room temperature so the proper dilution takes place when stirred with ice.
A martini, straight up with a twist.

A martini, straight up with a twist.

2½ ounces gin
1½ teaspoons dry vermouth
1 lemon twist

In a mixing glass half-filled with ice cubes, combine the gin and vermouth.  Stir well.  Strain into a cocktail glass.  Garnish with the lemon twist.



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