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For the love of l’apéro

The inspiration behind our Piano Cocktail glass can definitely be attributed to our personal love of martinis. We've spent countless hours in the persuit of finding our ideal gin/vermouth ratio and ice balance, and while it's not technically a "Perfect Martini" (50/50 ratio), we think it is pretty perfect. The best part about a martini is its simplicity, and our goal is to make the at-home cocktail hour just as classy and exciting as going to your favorite bar (which is why we also had to design the perfect martini glass to go with it!)—so we're sharing Adrian's step-by-step recipe for you to try at home. The secret? It's really easy (especially with the right tools)

Adrian's *Perfect* Martini Recipe

Ingredients (1 cocktail)
2.5 oz gin
5 oz dry vermouth
Lemon zest or a couple of olives

For a single serving, here's what you'll need: a mixing glass or a smallish pitcher, something to stir with - a swizzle stick or the handle of a ladle- a jigger or a shot glass, and a peeler or a sharp utility knife for your garnish.

Fill the mixing glass with ice, then put the gin and vermouth in. Give it a few stirs and let it sit for a minute or two. Finally, zest your lemon or plop your olives in the glass, stir for another minute or so and serve.

The happy hour, or "Apéro", is a time to relax, unwind, listen to music, chat with a friend, and treat yourself to whatever it is that makes you happy after a long day's work. For us it's a key part of almost everyday, but we also love a non-alcoholic version. Our favorite — Ghia mixed with Topo Chico, a splash of bitters and/or apple cider vinegar, and a sprig of thyme.