50/50 Martini

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!

Hand dropping lemon garnish into cocktail glass

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!

hand holding a cocktail shaker filled with 50 50 martini mix into a chilled glass

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.

50 50 martini recipe being pouring from a stainless steel cocktail shaker into a half-filled glass

Hand dropping a lemon peel into the rim of a coupe glass to finish off the martini

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.

Start by chilling a martini glass or coupe glass in the freezer.

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!

A 50 50 martini in a chilled coupe glass with a cocktail shaker, jigger, and strainer

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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…

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Made up of equal parts gin and vermouth, the 50/50 martini is a modern twist on a classic that places flavor over strength in a cocktail.



50/50 Martini

  • 1 ½ ounces gin
  • 1 ½ ounces dry vermouth
  • Optional: dash orange bitters


  • Lemon twist, olive skewer, etc.


  1. Chill martini glass in the freezer.
  2. Add gin, dry vermouth, and (if using) orange bitters to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Alternately, you can place the ingredients in a mixing glass.
  3. If using the cocktail shaker, shake until chilled. If using the mixing glass, stir until well mixed and chilled.
  4. Remove chilled glass from freezer. Strain the 50/50 mixture into the glass.
  5. Garnish with a lemon twist, olive skewer, or garnish of choice. Sip and enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Cocktails, Drinks
  • Method: Chill

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  1. This sounds really tasty. I’ve never had a 50/50 martini before. I’d actually never even heard of it until I read this. I can’t wait to try it.