7. Final Tips. If you’ve never had a martini before, Katz recommended trying a traditional martini as a jumping-off point for future orders. “Tell the bartender you’ll have a martini with a 3:1 ratio of vermouth,” he advised first-timers. “Try it with gin, because a gin martini will be more interesting with the vermouth.
1. Gin is great for simple cocktails. The complex profile of gin really comes to life when mixed with straightforward flavors. Take the classic gin and tonic — the effervescence of the tonic, the hit of sweet quinine and a twist of citrus (lemon or lime) makes a deceptively basic drink come to life.
Place all of the ingredients, except for the lemon twist, into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Vigorously shake the mixture for 35 seconds and then double strain into a cocktail glass. Gently twist the lemon zest over the drink and then drop into the glass to garnish; serve immediately.