A classic vodka martini is a super easy cocktail. It only has two ingredients, but because it is so easythere are a number of small variations that can really affect the final drink.
I personally love simple cocktails because sometimes I like to mix a drink at home, and a classic vodka martini is not only delicious but also super easy to make. And I almost always have the ingredients on hand.
Below I share 3 ways you can make a vodka martini at home!
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3 ways to make a vodka martini:
- With vermouth and a large lemon
- A vermouth wash (after your glass is chilled, add 1 tablespoon of dry vermouth and swirl around the martini glass to coat).
- Add an olive (and olive juice) for a dirty martini.
Anyway, the number one piece of advice I have for those enjoying a good vodka martini at home is to keep your vodka in the glass freezer.
This will keep your spirit super cold and ready to turn into a martini in seconds. 😉
If you don’t have a lemon in the fridge, you can substitute a lime, orange, or even grapefruit zest. It will change the final drink, but in a pinch these are all still delicious options. Bottom up! xo. Emma
PS Check out the 12 Best Martini Recipes for more!
How to make a vodka martini
Three ways to make the best vodka martini at home
- 3 Share vodka
- 1 part vermouth
- 1 large lemon zest for garnish
- 1 teaspoon olive juice Optional
- 1-2 green olives Optional
Pour vodka and vermouth into a cocktail shaker or glass filled with ice. Stir and then strain into a glass.
Squeeze the lemon zest over the top of the drink. Then add the bark to the drink.
In a cocktail shaker or glass filled with ice, combine the vodka, vermouth, and olive juice, stir, then strain into a chilled glass.Squeeze the lemon zest over the top of the drink. Then add the peel and 1-2 olives to the drink.
Pour the vermouth into your chilled martini glass and swirl a few times to coat the entire inside of the glass. Then pour out the vermouth.
Pour the vodka into the glass and top up with the olive and olive juice.
Store your vodka in the freezer. It doesn’t freeze, it just stays super cold. If possible, it’s also nice to store your martini glasses in the fridge so they’re super chilled, too.