Reading cocktail books and bartender manuals usually does the trick when mixing drinks at home. But nothing beats a step-by-step video from cocktail expert Simon Ford. Simon recently partnered with Liquor.com to create a series of how-to cocktail videos. Click below for a walk-through guide to crafting three time-honored drinks — the classic Martini, James Bond’s Vesper Martini, and everyone’s favorite scurvy prevention technique, the Gimlet.

Martini

2 oz dry gin
3/4 oz dry vermouth
2 dashes orange bitters

Stir all ingredients with ice until cold, then strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with olives or a lemon twist.


The Vesper

3 oz gin
1 oz vodka
1/2 oz Lillet

Stir all ingredients with ice until cold, then strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a large lemon peel.


The Gimlet

2 oz gin
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
1/2 oz simple syrup

Shake all ingredients with ice, then strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.