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50/50 Martini

The 50/50 Martini is a nuanced masterpiece among martinis, renowned for its graceful equilibrium and refined taste. This cocktail stands as a testament to sophistication, meticulously balancing equal parts gin and vermouth to craft a libation that’s both intricate and approachable.

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What sets the 50/50 Martini apart is its artful subtlety. It’s a creation tailored for those seeking the martini experience without the full throttle of its alcoholic potency. This drink weaves a tapestry of flavors, captivating the discerning palate with a mellowness that doesn’t compromise on elegance.

While the choice between gin and vodka for this martini beckons, the traditional path often leads to London dry-style gin. Here, the gin’s botanical bouquet intertwines with the vermouth’s depth, harmonizing to create a symphony of delicate yet discernible notes. The selection of vermouth becomes pivotal—a pivotal choice that could elevate or restrain the cocktail’s finesse, inviting connoisseurs to explore a plethora of brands for the perfect match.

History

The 50/50 Martini, also known as the Half and Half Martini, is a classic cocktail that has been around for over a century. Its origins can be traced back to the early 1900s, during the Prohibition era in the United States. The 50/50 Martini is a variation of the classic Martini that contains equal parts gin and dry vermouth.

According to the J.P.C. Cocktail, a cocktail guide from 1900, the 50/50 Martini was originally made with Nicholson’s gin, a popular gin brand at the time. The cocktail was later included in Harry Johnson’s “New and Improved Bartender’s Manual,” which was published in 1900.

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The 50/50 Martini gained popularity in the 1920s and 1930s, during the Prohibition era, when gin was the most popular spirit. The cocktail was a favorite among drinkers who wanted a less potent drink than the traditional Martini.

The 50/50 Martini was also featured in Charles H. Mahoney’s “The Hoffman House Bartender’s Guide,” which was published in 1906. The guide recommended that the cocktail be served in a chilled glass and garnished with a lemon twist.

How to Make It

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50/50 Martini

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

Making a 50/50 martini is a simple process that requires a few key ingredients and tools.

Here's how to make it:

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ oz Dry gin
  • 1 ½ oz Dry vermouth
  • Ice
  • Lemon twist or olive for garnish
  • Orange bitters (optional)

Instructions

  1. Fill the mixing glass with ice. Add equal parts of dry gin and dry vermouth to the glass. If you prefer a more aromatic cocktail, add a dash of orange bitters.
  2. Stir the mixture with a bar spoon for around 20 seconds or until the mixture is well-chilled.
  3. Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass using a julep strainer.
  4. Garnish the cocktail with a lemon twist or an olive.
  5. Serve and enjoy your 50/50 martini!

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Variations

The 50/50 martini is a classic cocktail that has been around for a long time. It is a simple cocktail made with equal parts gin and dry vermouth. However, there are many variations of this cocktail that you can try. Here are a few:

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Classic Martini

The classic martini is made with gin and a small amount of dry vermouth. It is usually garnished with a lemon twist or an olive. If you prefer a stronger cocktail, you can order it “dry” which means less vermouth or “extra dry” which means no vermouth at all.

Wet Martini

A wet martini has a higher ratio of vermouth to gin. This results in a less strong cocktail that is smoother and easier to drink.

Perfect Martini

A perfect martini is made with equal parts dry and sweet vermouth instead of just dry vermouth. This results in a slightly sweeter cocktail.

Dirty Martini

A dirty martini is made with a splash of olive brine. This results in a salty, savory cocktail that is perfect for olive lovers.

Halfsies Martini

A halfsies martini is made with half gin and half vodka. This results in a smoother cocktail that is lower in alcohol.

French Martini

A French martini is made with vodka, Chambord, and pineapple juice. This results in a sweet, fruity cocktail that is perfect for those who don’t like the taste of gin.

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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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