The Martini


gin or vodka + vermouth + olive or lemon twist

The Martini is probably one of THE most iconic american inventions. From James Bond to Karen Walker it defines the dapper diva in all of us. Nowadays the term “martini” (or more specifically the suffix “-tini”) is a placeholder to just about any sweet booze you can pile into it’s famous triangular glass. This month, Distillery Row is sticking to recipes born at the dawn of the cocktail era we still find ourselves evolving.

Clear spirit base- your preference.

Vermouth- to drown in or simply look at.

Olive or twist.

The main consistency among our recipes will be in technique. The steps are as follows:

  1. Chill a cocktail glass or martini glass by either filling it with ice or storing it in the freezer for at least 10 minutes.

  2. Combine spirit and vermouth (and any auxiliary spirits like elderflower if you prefer) in a mixing glass with ice.

  3. Stir for 15 second or until the outside of the mixing glass is almost too cold to touch.

  4. Strain into your chilled glass.

  5. garnish with a olive (for a briny-oceanic flavor) or olive twist (best with a botanical base like gin).

Given the gravitas of the drink, you should feel enabled to explore what makes your version the epitome of class or the usher of a damn good time. Below are the recipes we’re archiving from our January 2019 Cocktail Crawl:


These drinks are currently archived for the time being, but if you see something you like feel free to stop by a local distiller’s tasting room and do some home bar shopping! They don’t bite…until the 4th martini.

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Vinn Distillery:

1.5oz Baijiu

.5oz Elderflower Liqueur

.5oz simple syrup

orange bitters

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Aria Gin Distillery:

2oz Aria Gin

rinse the glass with vermouth

Chill the gin and serve in vermouth rinsed cocktail glass

lemon twist

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New Deal Distillery:

2oz New Deal Pear Brandy

.25oz dry vermouth

.25oz dry vermouth

no garnish

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Stonebarn Brandyworks:

2oz pear brandy

dash of dry vermouth

lemon twist

(cocktail not pictures because it was so dang good)


Rolling River Spirits:

2oz Rolling River Gin

.5oz bittersweet vermouth

.25 lemon juice

.25oz simple syrup

lemon twist


Bull Run Distilling:

2oz Medoyeff Vodka

.25oz Ransom dry vermouth

peppercini juice

‘cuz they sassy

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Freeland Spirits:

1.5oz Freeland Gin

.25oz Pamplemousse Liqueur

2 dashes Rhubarb bitters

lemon twist

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Westward Whiskey Distillers:

1.5oz Shochu (made by them)

.5oz cedar-infused sake

lemon oil- no garnish


Townshend’s Distillery:

2oz White Rose Spirit

.5oz Dolin Blanc Vermouth

lemon twist

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Wild Roots Spirits:

2oz Wild Roots Gin

.5oz white vermouth

expressed lemon, no garnish.

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Eastside Distilling:

1.5oz Portland Potato Vodka

.25oz Elderflower Liqueur

fresh lavender

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Straightaway Cocktails:

Ready to go bottled gin martini!