It is time perhaps that we tackle that quintessential cocktail, the Martini. This drink originated in the late 1800's, and quickly became one of the standards, alongside the Manhattan. The pre-prohibition Martini however was different from what you might expect today in many ways, and frankly it was a lot better for it.
1 1/2 oz gin
1/2 oz sweet vermouth
dash orange bitters
Stir with ice, strain into a cocktail glass
Garnish with Maraschino Cherry