Henrietta’s Gin Martini: The easiest cocktail to make


Henrietta’s Gin Martini – Many of you have been checking out our list of Montreal’s best cocktails. Each week of the quarantine, we’ll present you with a cocktail recipe from bars that we love; a recipe chosen from among the easiest to make at home. We’re starting it all off with an extra dry, dirty gin martini.

The martini is one of the most popular and well-known cocktails in the world. The term refers to a cocktail that is made with gin or vodka and dry white vermouth. The cocktail is well represented in literature and movies, especially in the United States. It should not be confused with the Martini brand of vermouth, produced by the Italian company Martini & Rossi.

There are several ways to prepare a martini. First, the choice of alcohol — either vodka or gin (our favourite). Then, a martini can be drunk either “dry”, with a little vermouth, or “extra dry”, without vermouth. Next, there are a few well-known variations: it can be prepared “dirty” with olive brine and served with an olive (classic); with a small pearl onion and brine (Gibson); or it can be prepared with gin, vodka and Lillet Blanc, and served with a lemon peel (Vesper). Lastly, there’s how you choose to serve it: “up” in a martini glass, or on the rocks. There you have it! And remember, as with all cocktails, the combinations are endless!

Bar Henrietta showed us how to make a fine gin martini.

Henrietta’s Gin Martini


  • 2.5 oz. Tanqueray gin or a fine Quebec gin
  • 0.5 oz. Olive brine
  • Lemon zest


  1. Chill a glass (with ice, or place in the freezer).
  2. In a shaker, add all the ingredients with plenty of ice.
  3. Shake. Shake. And shake again.
  4. Pour into the chilled glass.
  5. Garnish with fresh lemon peel and/or olives.
  6. Serve and drink in moderation.
  7. The martini party is on!!

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