Black-Tie Martinis Recipe

  • 9 ounces (1 cup plus 2 tablespoon) gin or vodka
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon dry vermouth
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Garnish: lemon twist
  1. Combine gin and peppercorns, then let stand 15 minutes.
  2. Stir together 1/2 teaspoon finely ground pepper and 1/2 teaspoon salt on a plate. Wet rim of 1 Martini glass with your fingertip and dip in salt mixture, rotating glass to coat rim. Repeat with 2 more glasses.
  3. Strain gin through a fine-mesh sieve into a 16-ounce cocktail shaker three-fourths full of ice. Add vermouth and bitters and stir 15 seconds. Strain into Martini glasses.