June 19 is National Martini Day. To celebrate, here are some variations of the traditional stirred martini that you can try:
• Dry Martini: Combine dry gin and dry vermouth into a glass with ice. Add orange bitters and garnish with a lemon twist.
• Vesper: Add gin, vodka and Lillet Blanc aperitif into a glass with ice. Add lemon twist oil extract. Rub the twist along the rim before dropping it into the glass.
• Reverse: Mix vermouth, gin and Luxardo maraschino liqueur. Garnish with a speared brandied cherry.
Make sure to stir until very cold and strain into the cocktail glass.