The martini is one of the most iconic cocktails around, but there are lots of different opinions on the best way to make one. Award-winning bartender Matt Seigel, formerly of NoMad and Eleven Madison Park, shows us his ideal version, made with a nice smooth gin, a good amount of dry (not sweet!) vermouth, and the secret key ingredient: a dash of orange bitters. It’s also important to use super-chilled glassware, so put both your mixing glass and your coupe in the freezer for at least thirty minutes ahead of time.
If you prefer a martini with only vodka and the barest suggestion of vermouth, get our Filthy Martini recipe.