Dukes’ Martini

Salvatore Calabrese, Dukes Hotel | London

The Dukes’ Martini—murderously dry and cold—is famous worldwide and cherished by some as the definitive expression of the Martini. That assertion is highly debatable, but the drink is singular in its power and presentation.

“It’s a knockout drink,” says Giuseppe Gonzalez, owner of New York’s Suffolk Arms. “It’s six ounces of freaking alcohol [and] a dash of vermouth. It’s frozen at sub-zero. It sits like milk because it’s so cold. Halfway through you feel drunk. There’s no dilution. It’s the equivalent of three three-ounce Martinis.” (For the record, the Martini can be ordered with gin or vodka at Dukes.)

To mitigate its might, Gonzalez serves a smaller-sized version. “It’s not gonna kill you,” he says. “It’s gonna hurt you.”


Serving: 1

  • 3 dashes dry vermouth
  • 4 ounces vodka or gin, such as Aylesbury Duck or Belvedere, or Plymouth, frozen

Garnish: Olive or lemon peel

  1. Dash vermouth into the frozen mini martini glass, then pour in the vodka or gin. Do not stir.
  2. Garnish with an olive or lemon peel.