The martini is a cocktail, traditionally made from gin and vermouth. In recent times, a martini made with vodka has become very popular, sparking a heated debate between the martini 'purists' and the vodka martini lovers.

The classic martini is mostly gin, with a small amount of vermouth (to taste) and typically garnished with an olive. A popular variation of this drink is the dirty martini which adds a small amount of olive brine to the classic recipe. The amount of brine used varies greatly from person to person, but would typically be about a teaspoon.

Today there are hundreds, possibly thousands of drinks that are called a martini. More are created everyday by creative bartenders around the world.

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