01/24/2012 06:05 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

How to Cocktail: The Martini

OK, no more procrastinating. This is the year you finally brush up on your bartending technique and start mastering some classic cocktail recipes.

Relax; not only does your "studying" involve enjoying delicious concoctions, but we also got you some of the finest teachers on the planet.

Start by watching this video, featuring talented mixologist and advisory board member Simon Ford, about the Martini, which he calls "the most important drink in the world." No matter how you like yours—wet or dry, with gin or vodka, garnished with lemon, olives or onion—Ford's tutorial will get you bartending like a pro.

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