Classic gin martini

By Debbie Travis
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Save a few dollars with this budget martini. 



  • 60 milliliters dry gin (seagram’s distiller’s reserve)
  • 30 milliliters white grape juice or white wine vinegar
  • Ice
  • Olives or a twist of lemon, for garnish


  1. Place a cocktail glass in the freezer to chill. For a budget-friendly gin, try something like seagram's distiller's reserve, which is about $16 a bottle. A good budget-friendly substitute for dry vermouth is white grape juice or white wine vinegar.
  2. Combine the gin and vermouth alternative in a shaker, fill it halfway with ice, and shake vigorously until well chilled, about 20 seconds. Strain into the chilled glass. Garnish with olives or a twist of lemon. 

Cost at bar: approx. $12.00 per drink
Cost at home: $1.10 per drink


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