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How to Make the Makar Gin Dry Martini

The Dry Martini is one of the most iconic cocktails, exuding sophistication and style. While the traditional recipe calls for London dry gin and dry vermouth, using a more distinctive modern gin like Makar Glasgow Gin adds intrigue to this timeless drink.

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A Brief History of the Dry Martini

The martini has disputed origins, but most agree it evolved from the Martinez cocktail in the 1800s. Originally made with Old Tom gin and sweet vermouth, the modern dry version emerged by the early 1900s.

It became quintessentially American, with later incarnations like the vodka martini. The 007 spy James Bond helped popularize the “shaken not stirred” method. However you make it, the martini remains one of the most beloved cocktails.

Why Makar Gin Makes a Great Martini

Makar Gin is distilled in Glasgow, Scotland and derives its unique flavor from botanicals including pine, peppercorns, coriander and citrus. Its savory, herbaceous notes make Makar an excellent choice for martinis, especially if you prefer a bolder juniper-forward style.

The crispness of Makar balances beautifully with dry vermouth. Its complex flavor also shines through when served extra dry, perfect for gin purists.

Ingredients & Equipment for the Makar Dry Martini


  • Makar Glasgow Gin
  • Dry vermouth such as Noilly Prat or Donin
  • Lemon twist or olives for garnish


NB: Keep your vermouth refrigerated and use within a few weeks for freshness. Now let’s get shaking!

Step-by-Step Instructions for Mixing the Perfect Makar Dry Martini

Follow these steps to make a smooth, flavorful Makar Gin Martini:

Step 1: Chill your glassware

Keep your martini glass or coupe chilled until ready to use. Fill halfway with ice water and ice while prepping the cocktail.

Step 2: Add ingredients to a mixing glass

Add ice, Makar gin, and dry vermouth (to taste) into a mixing glass. Stir for 15-30 seconds to properly chill.

Step 3: Strain into chilled glass

Strain the martini into your chilled glass. For extra smoothness, use a fine mesh Hawthorne or julep strainer.

Step 4: Garnish & serve

Garnish with lemon twist or olives on a pick.

(Optional) “Dirty Martini” Variation

For a “dirty” martini, add 1⁄4 to 1⁄2 oz olive brine when mixing. Shake well and garnish with olives.

Achieving the Perfect Makar Martini Balance

The ideal martini balance depends on your taste. Key factors:

  • Makar Gin: The bold base spirit. Adjust amount to preference.
  • Vermouth: Adds depth but too much can overpower the gin. Start with 1⁄2 oz.
  • Olive brine (dirty martini): Adds salty, savory flavor. Use no more than 1⁄2 oz.
  • Stirred vs. shaken: Shaking creates a lighter, diluted texture. Stirring gives a smoother, spirit-forward profile.

Taste as you mix and tweak ratios to find your perfect balance of botanical gin flavors and subtle vermouth.

Serving Suggestions for the Makar Gin Dry Martini

Once mixed, follow these serving tips:

  • Accompany with small savory bites like olives, nuts or hard cheeses.
  • Use a beautiful Art Deco style martini glass or vintage coupe. Serve straight up.
  • Adjust proportions to preference – add more vermouth for a rounded profile.
  • Enjoy ice cold or straight from the freezer for maximum chilling.

From modern dinners to retro cocktail hours, the Makar Gin Martini is a refined upgrade to the classic. Bottom’s up!

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Here is the recipe!

Makar Gin Dry Martini

Makar Gin Dry Martini

The Dry Gin Martini is one of the most iconic cocktails of all time and can be dated back to the mid 19th Century. The Martini has come to be seen as the cocktail of the 'sophisticated' with Ernest Hemingway writing "I had never tasted anything so cool and clear… they made me feel civilised" and Ian Fleming made the cocktail the preferred serve of the ever-suave British Secret Service agent, 007 aka James Bond. Make the ultimate Dry Martini with Makar Original Dry Gin in a 5:1 ratio with dry vermouth.
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Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Cocktails
Cuisine Scottish
Servings 1
Calories 104 kcal


  • 1 3/4 oz / 50ml Makar Original Dry Gin
  • 1/3 oz / 10ml Dry Vermouth
  • 1 Green Olive for Garnish


  • Half fill a mixing glass with fresh cubed ice.
  • Pour ingredients into mixing glass.
  • Stir the contents together until the ice begins to reduce, this should take approximately one minute.
  • Strain the contents into a chilled coupe glass.
  • Garnish with one chilled green olive.


Serving: 1gCalories: 104kcalCarbohydrates: 1gSodium: 43mg
Keyword makar gin, makar gin martini
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