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Rachael's husband, John, stirs up a classic martini—which is heavy on the vermouth and includes orange bitters for a citrusy flavor and brightness—to serve with Rach's Linguine alle Vongole.
"In the olden days," he says, "it was a cocktail that had a lot more vermouth. It was basically three parts gin to one part vermouth, which sounds like a lot, but trust me—you're gonna love it!" He adds that the secret ingredient to a classic martini is orange bitters, which adds a background of citrusy flavor and a brightness. And in case you didn't know, a martini should always be stirred, never shaken.
Pro Tip from John: Using a channel knife makes easy work of cutting the lemon twist and forms perfect strips, but you can also use a vegetable peeler.
If you'd like to try some delicious riffs on the martini, check out Apple and Allspice Martini and Spicy Thai Martini.
Add the gin, vermouth and bitters to an ice-filled cocktail shaker and stir to chill. Strain into a chilled coupe. Twist lemon over the top of the cocktail to express the oils, then drop into the glass. Serve with the olives on the side.
Always Drink Responsibly.