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The Martini is the “choose-your-adventure” of cocktails. A descendent of another favorite classic (The Manhattan), The Martini lends itself to countless variations. The original martini was made with gin, although it quickly became interchangeable with Vodka, and both measurements and added ingredients have come in and out of taste and style over the centuries.

Martini (Recipe from [Harry Johnson’s]( 19th century guide)

Ingredients: - 2-3 dashes of bitters - Equal parts vodka (or gin) and Vermouth - Preparation: - Fill a mixing glass with ice, add ingredients, and stir well. - Strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with a lemon twist or olive.

Making pancakes or waffles for dinner? Egg in a basket, or Croque Monsieur? This tangy libation runs the risk of outshining your eats— but it’s too fun not to try at least once.

Breakfast Martini (Originally published by Playboy, 1969)

Ingredients: - 1 1/2 ounces gin (we love Koval) - 1/2 ounce orange liqueur (such as Combier) - 3/4 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed - 1 barspoon high-quality orange marmalade Preparation: Fill a mixing glass with ice, add ingredients, and stir well. Strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with a wedge of cinnamon-butter toast)