Vodka Martini recipe

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1 1/2 oz vodka
3/4 oz dry vermouth

Shake vodka and vermouth together with several ice cubes in a shaker. Strain into a cocktail glass, garnish with an olive and serve.

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Shaken not stirred???

posted by Daniel @ 04:36PM, 6/28/06

Well, if you are James Bond, you can do it like in this recipe. I, however, suggest you never to shake your vodka martini!

Here is my advise:
1 1/2 oz vodka
3/4 oz dry vermouth

Put into a glass with 1-2 ice cubes. Stir! Now strain into a cocktail glass but be sure not letting the ice cubes fall into the cocktail glass. Serve with olive or part of lemon peel.
Stirred, not shaken

posted by Tim @ 11:45PM, 6/29/06

Any drink containing just spirits (which both vodka and vermouth are) should only be stirred with ice cubes except in certain situations. This isn't one of them. Sorry James Bond.
Vodka martini

posted by bachlaurie @ 10:24PM, 7/30/06

Ketel One vodka with Martini & Rossi dry vermouth, drop in an olive or two - one great martini!
Proportions are wrong

posted by d.p. @ 09:58PM, 8/17/06

Mix 3 parts of 40% good quality vodka with 1 part of white vermputh. Add 3 Spanish Olives and you're done.

posted by tg @ 06:48PM, 9/16/06

Use a martini shaker to do this properly.
James Bond

posted by Andy @ 05:34PM, 9/25/06

While on the subject of James Bond: Casino Royal has a recipe for martini. It's less of a Vodka-Martini, and more of a Martini with vodka;

Three measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it's ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon-peel.
The only way for a Vodka Martini

posted by Jonsey @ 09:01AM, 9/30/06

I would loose the vermouth and go with just the vodka, extra shaken, extra cold and just Goose all the way with olives to finish - AMAZING.

posted by Mike "The Martini Man" Prentiss @ 02:00PM, 10/02/06

Well if you follow thw recipe it is a very good drink but depending on you taste you can take away more vodka or add more vermouth
Distilled water ice only

posted by Sliders Bar Owner @ 07:50PM, 10/13/06

If you want the true taste of your creation, then use only distilled water for your ice. Choice of vodka and vermouth are totally up to you.
James Bond recipe

posted by Serge @ 10:48PM, 10/31/06

Since a couple of the comments above are refering to Mr. Bond's martini, I figure I could set the story straight. Ian Flemming described in details what the recipe is in "Casino Royale" (1953) Chapter 7 and it goes like this:

Three measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet (which was a vermouth but started as a wine). Shake it very well until it's ice-cold, and then add a large thin slice of lemon-peel.

This one should be stirred, just because.
Shaken is just fine... if not necessary...

posted by Jared @ 09:47PM, 11/01/06

If you use the original Vodka Martini recipe favoured by Bond in the first Bond novel it should definitely be shaken. His vodka martini was ""Three measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet [a brand of vermouth]. Shake it very well until it's ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon-peel."

Thus the recipe is six parts gin, two parts vodka, and one part Lillet blanc, to be shaken (not stirred) in a cocktail shaker with cracked ice, then poured into a chilled cocktail glass, then garnished with a twist of lemon.

The shaking is important since the drink contains vodka. A traditional martini made with gin alone should be stirred so as not to "bruise" the gin (get air in it) nor to allow the vermouth to dissolve into the drink too much; this leaves the drink smooth and doesn't mask the subtle flavors of the gin and vermouth. A vodka martini has to be ice cold (hence the shaking over the ice) and benefits from the blending of the flavors.

posted by Mz @ 04:26PM, 11/07/06

Well, if you read Casino Royale, you will get, that Bond added GIN to that drink. He mixed wermouth, gin and vodka!
Vodka Martini

posted by J D @ 07:38AM, 11/16/06

A bit more complicated, but a very dry martini...put two ice cubes in a small glass, pour dry vermouth over, swish around to coat the ice and sides of the glass. Pour out the vermouth. Add generous amount of vodka, STIR, pour slowly (making sure the ice doesn't drop in) over three olives (rinsed of the olive juice). There you go! Keep the vodka and martini glass in the freezer.
Shaking vodka

posted by kyle Lansford @ 02:09PM, 12/06/06

Shaking vodka doesn't "bruise" the vodka as it does gin, so shaking isnt so bad unless its with gin. James bond martinis include both vodka and gin, which tastes like lighter fluid if its not ice cold, so shaking with ice is better in that case. In short- if you want to shake vodka, its ok.
Best in the last drop

posted by Marlin @ 03:05PM, 12/23/06

May not be pretty...but, throw some crumbled blue-cheese in the bottom.
Get it right

posted by Bond @ 09:55AM, 1/06/07

Three measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet (which was a vermouth but started as a wine). Shake it very well until it's ice-cold, and then add a large thin slice of lemon-peel.

-This is not a vodka martini (Bond's usual drink). This is a drink that he made up on the spot to annoy Le Chiffre. He called this drink a Vesper
007 mofo

posted by 007 @ 09:07PM, 1/06/07

Shake that bitch like a salt shaker. Stirring is for whiners.
Vodka Martini

posted by Norm @ 06:01PM, 1/12/07

What is the best vodka to use?

posted by Alex Heaton @ 04:03PM, 1/13/07

The recipe Ian Flemming describes is 6 parts vodka, 1 part vermouth. What you are talking about, Jared, is the Vesper.

If you want to set the story straight, do it correctly.
Vodka martini, correctly

posted by Paul G @ 12:16PM, 1/16/07

3 oz. Gordon's dry gin
1 oz. vodka
2 oz. of dry vermouth in the humidifier
1 olive with pit

posted by Sube @ 03:33PM, 2/07/07

I like the original recipe, the Bond one is a little too exotic for my taste, I like this simple and easy to go, especially after a long day at the office, you dont want to be spending the time mixing but instead sipping and relaxing.
Distilled water ice only

posted by Laurence @ 01:31PM, 3/26/07

I agree on using ice cubes made from distilled water. Nothing spoils a good martini quicker than ice that's been in the freezer too long and has absorbed odors.

Also, keep your Vermouth in the refrigerator. It's really a wine and can go bad just like any white wine left out at room temp.
Polish Vodka

posted by Nipper @ 05:59PM, 4/04/07

I suggest using only the best Polish vodka as the flavour is so smooth and complex. Also I would agree with others here and always use Martini & Rossi dry vermouth. Never use Smirnoff or Stock vermouth as these don't taste good together.
Bond's Drink

posted by Kindred @ 05:47AM, 4/23/07

In "Casino Royale" Bond names the aforementioned cocktail the "Vesper" after the female lead in the film.
You smell of Octapussy.

posted by Lockjaw @ 10:05PM, 5/09/07

Most Americans enjoy their vodka ice-cold straight from the freezer, however most russians drink it straight off the table, unchilled. So the fact that the drink contains vodka might lead some stars-and-stripes wavers to believe that it should be shaken...

This is not where the story ends for this drink though, since the drink -as described by two of the gentlemen above- contains both the fortified wine with 11 herbs known as vermouth as well as the herbally infused spirit that is chemically the same as vodka, gin, ... both are aeromatics and thus will lose some of their more delicate qualities if chilled too much (as happens with shaking).

So F- it, do what you want, nobody's wrong and it all tastes good and the mere fact that you can afford the ingredients as well as take a young impressionable lass out for dinner and convince her to come back to your place should be enough to table the question for future pondering... along with how her little black thong ended up on the ceiling fan.
Fijoa Vodka

posted by Marty @ 10:35PM, 6/07/07

Try 42 Below Fijoa Vodka from New Zealand, it will blow your mind.
Phil from australia

posted by phil @ 06:04AM, 7/12/07

I agree with lockjaw. What a load of garbage. I have tried all of these recipes -it is up to your personal taste, unless you're james bond?
Best cocktail ever

posted by sharmin @ 01:13PM, 8/15/07

I love vodka martini's- it gets me in the mood to write and be very very creative and artsy!!

Tried a strawberry one very girly but extremely strong.
Vodka martini, shaken... not stirred

posted by Raymond Winn Ho @ 09:07AM, 9/07/07

I am prefer james bond drink like in the bond movie and I would like to taste it my name is bond, james bond
To each his own....and to some more than others.

posted by I never can remember! @ 06:34PM, 11/28/07

I have to say that I am quite a fan of a Vodka Martini. Now I haven't yet tried a Vesper, so I can not say as to that. As to the shaken or stirred policy on a Vodka Martini, I have tried both. The stirred one certainly looks better, but we don't drink looks do we? Shaken on the other hand is far superior in terms of taste. To me that is, however all that really matters is whether YOU like it or not. I would like to add that I have tried many vodkas and do notice quite a difference (Barton for instance is a VERY cheap vodka. It is also undrinkable), for my tastes I will take Smirnoff (the red label, I have not tried the black). No it is not the most expensive and I know that many people love Grey Goose, however I don't see it being any better (certainly not enough better for the price), and besides vodka should be made in Russia (and I am from America, not Russia, so no bias, since I am Irish). For the vermouth I must insist on Martini & Rossi extra dry, simply the best I have had (given I have not tried many others, but hey it's good enough I don't want too).
My Vodka Martini:
3 oz Smirnoff (two standard shots)
1.5 oz Martini & Rossi extra dry (one standard shot)
3 olives on skewer (or toothpick whatever, just don't let them float around on their own)
In a Martini glass, of course (cocktail glass).
I realize that is the same recipe listed above except doubled, but hey, is there too much of a good thing?
As to the shaking or stirring of Gin I can not say. Only tried one or two and I shook those. Just like the Vodka better.

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Nutritional Information

(per 2.3 oz serving)

Calories (kcal)
Energy (kj)

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0.2 g
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0 mg
1 mg
20.2 g

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