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Classic Vodka Martini Recipe

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A Vodka Martini is a classic cocktail that combines vodka and blanc vermouth, served chilled in a martini glass. It can include a dash of bitters for added complexity and is typically garnished with a lemon twist or olives. This garnish adds a touch of elegance and enhances the drink’s overall presentation.

Tasting Notes

Vodka Martini

Vodka Martini

Classic Charm with a Modern Twist


  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz vermouth (blanc)
  • (optional) dash of bitters
  • olives or lemon peel for garnish


  1. In a large mixing glass add a large cube of ice, the vodka, and the vermouth. Stir for about 20 seconds to get the right dilution.
  2. Strain into chilled martini glass and serve with garnish.


If you're opting for the bitters, add those when mixing the drink. They offer depth and nuance to an otherwise simple yet elegant drink.

You may also shake a martini, though you have no control over the amount of dilution your ice will add. If you're not hung up on details, shaking is absolutely a valid option.

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Tasting notes for a Vodka Martini reveal a smooth and crisp profile with the vodka providing a clean and slightly sharp base. The blanc vermouth adds a subtle sweetness and herbal complexity, while the optional bitters contribute a slight bitter edge, balancing the drink. The garnish, whether lemon or olives, introduces a fresh or briny note that complements the drink’s overall character.

Tips & Tricks

Infuse the vodka with a slice of jalapeño or add a dash of hot sauce for a spicy kick.

Substitute blanc vermouth with Lillet Blanc and garnish with an orange twist for a citrusy variation.

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