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Classic Vodka Martini Recipe

Written by MasterClass

Last updated: Mar 27, 2020 • 1 min read

The Vodka Martini is a simple and versatile cocktail that can be tweaked to fit any palate. While you may know the classic James Bond line about shaking versus stirring, the true key to a classic Vodka Martini is to use high-quality vodka and vermouth, the two main ingredients. Those who like a briny undercurrent to their icy spirits can turn a Vodka Martini into a Dirty Martini by adding a splash of olive juice.



Classic Vodka Martini Cocktail Recipe

1 cocktail
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min


  • 2 ounces vodka
  • ½ ounce dry vermouth
  • Dash of orange bitters (optional)
  • Lemon twist, pimento-stuffed green olives, or martini onions, for garnish
  1. Stir vodka, vermouth, and bitters in a mixing glass filled with ice cubes. If you prefer shaken, use a cocktail shaker.
  2. Strain and serve in a chilled Martini glass with your garnish of choice.

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