Made up of equal parts gin and vermouth, the 50/50 martini is a modern twist on a classic that places flavor over strength of a cocktail.
50 Shades of the 50/50 Martini
Oh, you know I just had to say it. There actually aren’t 50 shades of a 50/50 martini, funnily enough. Unlike the classic martini, which can sometimes call for 4 parts gin to 1 part vermouth, or 5 parts gin to 1 part vermouth, the 50 50 martini is quite simple. All you need is one part gin to one part vermouth, with a splash of orange bitters, if you’d like. Want to learn more about this simple, yet intriguing martini? Let’s go!
Ingredients for the 50 50 Martini Recipe
The 50/50 martini is quite simple, with an interesting twist on the classic martini. To make the 50 50 martini recipe, use the following:
- 1 part gin
- 1 part dry vermouth
You can always add in a splash of bitters, if you’d like. The best part? It’s your martini, adjust it to your taste!
What is a 50/50 Martini?
The 50/50 martini is a half and half twist on the classic martini ratio, which calls for 4 parts gin to 1 part vermouth, or according to some, 5 parts gin to 1 part vermouth. Martini traditionalists often espouse the use of mostly gin or vodka for the “proper” martini, while just a splash of vermouth is used.
The Fitty-Fitty Martini, created by Audrey Saunders of Pegu Club in New York City, calls for 1 part gin, 1 part vermouth, and a dash of orange bitters. According to Saunders, “this is your starter martini. Try it if you want to be a martini-drinker but aren’t quite there yet.”
Some folks can find the strong, nearly unfettered taste of vodka or gin, with just a splash of dry vermouth, to be a bit much to take. For those who do, the 50/50 martini is a perfect entrée into the world of martinis.
How to Make a 50/50 Martini
There are two ways to make a 50/50 martini—shaken or stirred. The technique is up to you.
Then, add gin, vermouth, and a splash of orange bitters to cocktail shaker (if shaking), or a mixing glass (if stirring).
Now, shake until chilled, or stir until chilled.
Head to the freezer and grab your chilled martini glass. Set glass on the counter.
Strain the 50/50 martini mixture into your glass.
Garnish with whatever you’d like—a lemon twist, an olive skewer, or your preferred garnish. Sip and enjoy!
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Shaken or Stirred—It’s Up to You
So which camp are you in? Shaken? Or Stirred? I personally like whatever is most convenient or fun in that moment. What’s life without a little convenience or fun, anyway? 😉 I can’t wait to hear what you think of today’s martini recipe! Let me know in the comment if you try it. ‘Til our next cocktail adventure…
Sending you all my love and maybe even a dove, xo Demeter ❤️
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