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How to Make the Vodka Martini

It wasn’t only James Bond who loved a Vodka Martini. There are loads of vodka lovers, who prefer to substitute gin for vodka. It’s such an easy change and it offers a different kind of freshness and flavor.

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If you see a classic martini on a menu, there are those who will demand that it has to be gin. But gin, schmin, who cares what you want to put in your Martini. Maybe the less aromatic of the two, vodka, made it easier to enjoy the vermouth and get a clean flavor.

No one really knows. Still, James Bond became the first Vodka Martini enthusiast from Ian Fleming’s first novel Dr. No. Since then, it is hard to find him drinking anything else.

There is no such thing as a perfect Martini – just make what you like!

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Where to find ingredients for Vodka cocktails

You can find all the ingredients at Spirits Kiosk (10% off the entire site by quoting this code: ALushLife10SK.) in the UK; or in the USA!

What goes into a Vodka Martini recipe?

Just the three simple ingredients in this classic cocktail, plus ice!

  • Vodka: Although you can use any brand of vodka for this recipe, since one of the two spirits in the glass is vodka, make it really good, premium vodka, like Black Cow, Grey Goose, or Ketel One for example.
  • Dry Vermouth: This fortified wine should also be of the best quality. Try French, Italian or the best vermouth you can find to make it your own.
  • Orange Bitters: this is optional!

What tools you need to make Vodka Martini

You won’t be needing a cocktail shaker. It’s one of the easy cocktails! Grab a jigger, a bar spoon, a Hawthorne or Julep strainer, a fine strainer, and a chilled glass for this classic Vodka Martini recipe. Here are the step by step instructions:

  • Step 1: Combine vodka, dry vermouth, and bitters to a mixing glass.
  • Step 2: Add ice cubes.
  • Step 3: Stir until the drink gets chilled.
  • Step 4: Strain the drink into a chilled martini glass or a coupe glass.
  • Step 5: Garnish with a green olive or a twist of lemon peel.


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What is the difference between a Vodka Martini and a regular Martini?

A traditional Martini is made with gin and dry vermouth, while a Vodka Martini substitutes vodka for gin. Additionally, the garnishes may differ, with a Vodka Martini typically garnished with a lemon twist or olive, while a traditional Martini may be garnished with a lemon twist or cocktail onion

Should a Vodka Martini be shaken or stirred?

This is a matter of personal preference. Shaking a Vodka Martini will result in a more diluted and colder drink with more air bubbles, while stirring will create a more smooth and silky drink with less dilution. James Bond famously prefers his Vodka Martini u0022shaken, not stirred.u0022

What type of vodka should I use in a Vodka Martini?

You can use any type of vodka you prefer in a Vodka Martini. Some popular choices include premium vodka brands like Grey Goose or Belvedere, but you can also use a more affordable option if you prefer.


  • Dry Vodka Martini: Although vermouth gives the vodka martini its signature flavor, most people prefer a little to no dry vermouth in their vodka martini. This drink is then called a Dry Martini. Vodka Martini drinkers come in many shapes and sizes so each of us likes either a little vermouth or a lot!
  • Dirty it up!: Just add some olive juice and you have a Dirty Vodka Martini!
  • Shake it up: You can always put the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake, shake, shake! It just adds air bubbles to it.
  • The Gibson: By adding a cocktail onion, you can make a Vodka Gibson.
  • Gin: You can replace vodka with gin, and then this drink will turn into a gin martini.
  • Garnishes: You can try a couple of garnishes. From olives to lemon twist, lemon slices, and bitters, you can use whatever works best for you.

Where to find more Martini recipes

Here is the recipe!

Vodka Martini

Vodka Martini

The Vodka Martini – stirred, not shaken this time – a classic!
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Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Course Cocktails
Cuisine British
Servings 1
Calories 291 kcal


  • 2 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 1/2 ounce dry vermouth
  • 1 dash orange bitters
  • Garnish: lemon twist or olive


  • Add the vodka, dry vermouth and orange bitters to a mixing glass
  • Add ice
  • Sir, stir, stir
  • Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  • Garnish with an olive


Serving: 1gCalories: 291kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSodium: 32mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4g
Keyword Vodka Martini
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