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Shaken or Stirred, It’s a Vodka Martini for Us Please

We all know the infamous “shaken not stirred” line that is synonymous with 007’s Vodka Martini drinks order, but how much do you actually know about the history of this classic drink? The Vodka Martini has been a popular drink for over a century, but where did it originate from? And what is the original recipe? In this article, we uncover all of this and even give you a few twists on the original recipe to try for yourself. 

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Classic Vodka Martini

The History of The Vodka Martini

You can tell an iconic drink when it stands the test of prohibition to become one of the most famous drinks in history. Originally created in the 1890s, the Marguerite, as it was known then, was found recorded in the book “Stuarts Fancy Drinks and How to Mix Them”. At the time, the recipe suggested two parts Plymouth dry gin to one part dry vermouth with a dash of orange bitters for good measure.

Post the prohibition, Americans began to prefer lighter spirits and vodka started to increase in popularity. It wasn’t long before a bartender swapped the gin in a martini for vodka. This began the trend for Vodka Martinis. The connection between a martini and James Bond didn’t occur until 1953, when the first Bond novel was released. Since then, it has now become a well-known catchphrase of Bonds, uttered in almost every film…  Shaken, not stirred. With a spokesperson such as 007 himself, it’s no wonder the Vodka Martini is seen to have a certain air of masculinity to it.

 

Vodka Martini Recipes 

Classic Vodka Martini

The Original Vodka Martini Recipe

Ingredients: 

  • 60ml of vodka
  • 1 tbsp of dry vermouth
  • ice

To garnish, you will need an olive on a cocktail stick or a twist of lemon rind. 

How to make your Vodka Martini: Using a cocktail shaker, collect a little ice and leave it to stand for a minute to cool the shaker. Then add the vodka and the dry vermouth and shake well (alternatively, you can use a stirrer to stir the two ingredients together). Strain the drink into a chilled martini glass. To garnish, either add the olive (on a cocktail stick) into the drink or gently rub the lemon zest (to release the oils) before adding it to the drink . 

 

The Dirty Martini Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 60ml of gin
  • 1 tbsp of dry vermouth
  • olives (plus a tsp of the brine)
  • ice

How to make your Dirty Martini: Add some ice, gin, vermouth and olive brine to a glass or cocktail shaker. Stir several times to ensure the evenness of the ingredients. Wait until it’s ice cold and serve with olives in a martini glass. 

 

The Limoncello Martini Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 60ml of vodka
  • 30ml of limoncello
  • 1 tbsp of triple sec
  • 10ml of lemon juice
  • ice. 

How to make your Limoncello Martini: Put your ice into a shaker and add all the remaining ingredients. Shake the cocktail mixer until the outside is visibly chilled. Strain into a chilled glass and enjoy. 

 

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