May 18, 2024

The vodka martini is a timeless and sophisticated drink, surprisingly simple to make at home. With just vodka, dry vermouth, and a few garnishes, you can create an elegant cocktail perfect for any occasion.

What’s in a Vodka Martini?

The beauty of the vodka martini lies in its minimalist ingredients:

  • Vodka: Choose your favorite brand for this starring role.
  • Dry Vermouth: A splash of dry vermouth adds a touch of floral and tart complexity.
  • Garnish: Traditionally, a vodka martini is adorned with olives or a lemon twist, adding a touch of sophistication and flavor.

Dirty vs. Clean Martini

Craving a savory twist? A “dirty martini” incorporates olive brine into the mix alongside the olive garnish. This recipe creates a classic “clean” martini, but feel free to add a half-ounce of olive brine for a dirty variation.

How to Make a Vodka Martini (Shaken, Not Stirred… Except It Actually Should Be Stirred)

Unlike James Bond’s famous preference, vodka martinis are best prepared using a stirring technique. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  1. Combine Vodka and Vermouth: Fill a mixing glass with ice, then add your chosen amount of vodka and dry vermouth. Stir gently for 20-30 seconds, allowing the drink to become icy cold.
  2. Strain and Serve: Strain the chilled martini into a waiting martini glass.
  3. Garnish: Add your desired garnish, whether it’s a single olive on a pick, a cluster of olives, or a lemon twist.


  • 3 fluid ounces vodka
  • 1 fluid ounce dry vermouth
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • Garnish: olives or lemon twist (optional)


  1. Combine vodka and dry vermouth in a mixing glass with ice. Stir until chilled.
  2. Strain into a chilled martini glass.
  3. Garnish with your chosen olive(s) or lemon twist (optional).

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

  • Calories: 255
  • Fat: 2g
  • Carbs: 5g
  • Protein: 0g

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