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Is there any drink more iconic than the Martini? It carries all the illicit thrill of a speakeasy, all the glamour of a 1940's Hollywood spectacular. This version takes you to the classic original ratio of 5 parts gin to 1 of fortified wine (which is what Vermouth is, technically.) The difference: while you'd be unlikely to drink Vermouth neat, we use Lillet Blanc, which is delicious in the Martini, and lovely by itself as well.
Chill your Martini glass by filling it with ice. Set aside.
Fill the mixing glass with ice. Measure 2 ½ oz Hendrick's and ½ oz Lillet into the glass. Using a bar spoon, mix the ingredients together, using a round-and-round, up-and-down motion, like a horse on a carousel. Go 20 times round in one direction and then 20 the other. This mixes everything thoroughly, and gives the ice time to cool everything down and add a needed touch of dilution.
Toss the ice out of your now-chilled Martini glass. Pour the Martini through the julep strainer in an elegant circular motion. It's all about the elegance!
Peel a nice wide twist from the lemon. Hold it over the glass while you do so; you want to capture any oils that burst off the skin. Take the twist in both hands and, with the yellow side down, crisply fold it to release the oils onto the surface of the drink. Give it a little twist and slide it into the glass.