Knickerbocker Martini

A Knickerbocker Martini is Gin Martini with both sweet and dry vermouth added. The Vermouth flavours dominate this Martini, however the Gin Botanical flavours still shine through.

Knickerbocker Martini

Recipe by Maurice Beaver
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A Knickerbocker Martini is a Gin Martini with equal parts of Sweet and Dry Vermouth.


  • 2 ounces of Gin

  • 1/2 ounce of Dry Vermouth

  • 1/2 ounce of Sweet Vermouth


  • Add Gin, Dry Vermouth and Sweet Vermouth to a Cocktail Shaker full of Ice
  • Shake and Strain into a Martini Glass
  • No Garnish

What’s the Difference between a Knickerbocker Martini and Perfect Martini?

The main difference between a Knickerbocker Martini and Perfect Martini is that a Knickerbocker contains 1/2 ounce more of gin and has no garnish. A Perfect Martini still has dry and sweet vermouth, but has only has 1.5 ounces of gin, and is garnished with a lemon twist.

My Sweet Vermouth tastes awful!

Sweet Vermouth only tastes good when fresh. Vermouth is essentially wine, and should only be kept for a month (and in the fridge) after being opened. Old Sweet Vermouth won’t make you sick (unless you notice white mould or dead fruit flies floating around in it), but Sweet Vermouth that has been opened for longer than a month will taste bland, sour and a bit woody.