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What is the real recipe for the Vodka Martini cocktail?

Among bartenders, it is said, they joke about the Vodka Martini cocktail recipe. “Add two ounces of vodka to a mixing glass, pour it down the drain and start over with the gin.”

Come on, we all have a vodka at home and a Martini. So we teach you how to make a real Vodka Martini.

Many say this cocktail is tasteless. But the truth is that if you make a Vodka Martini the right way, the spirit you use will accentuate the nuances of the vermouth without overpowering it.

One key to preparing it is choosing the best vermouth. The best one will be the one you can enjoy dry. For example, try a vermouth that is more citrusy, floral and herbal, as well as savory. Prefer these profiles rather than those with dominant grape profiles.

Another key ingredient in a true Vodka Martini, and one that has become obsolete for some reason, is orange bitters. However, you can omit the bitter if you use a cinchona vermouth such as Cocchi Americano or Contratto Bianco. These two will give your Martini a taste profile similar to a vodka tonic.


Vodka Martini Recipe



60 ml of vodka

30 ml dry vermouth

2 dashes of Angostura bitters

Thickly cut lemon peel, for decoration


You need a pre-cooled mixing glass with ice. Combine vodka, vermouth and bitters in it. Shake clockwise for 45-60 seconds, keeping the back of the spoon against the side of the glass at all times. Try not to bump into the ice to avoid over-dilution (a chopstick works very well if you don’t have a long spiral bar spoon).

Strain the mixture into the Martini glass. Cut a large slice of lemon peel. Squeeze or twist the peel over the drink to release the oils. Add the peel to the drink.

Voilà !


Don’t drink and drive. Enjoy responsibly.


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