Vodkatini / Vodka Martini

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Discerning Drinkers (47 ratings)

Serve in

Martini glass

Garnish:

Chilled olive on stick or lemon zest twist

How to make:

SHAKE (or STIR) all ingredients with ice and fine strain into chilled glass.

2 1/2 fl oz Ketel One Vodka
1/4 fl oz Strucchi Dry Vermouth
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Review:

Temperature is key to the enjoyment of this modern classic. Consume while icy cold and you'll enjoy a clean and crisp Martini.

History:

Exactly where the Vodkatini fits in the vexed question of the origins of the Dry Martini are unknown but it's certain that 'Vodka Martinis' were being served in New York after the repeal of Prohibition in 1933. It's first known print appearance is a 1935 Smirnoff marketing pamphlet:

VODKA MANHATTAN COCKTAIL
2 parts Vodka
1 part Italian Vermouth (Sweet)
Dash of Angostura Bitters
Ice and stir well. Strain into cocktail glass. Add Maraschino Cherry.
VODKA MARTINI COCKTAIL (DRY)
3 parts Vodka
1 part French Vermouth (Dry)
Put 1 or 2 pieces of lemon peel with ice in mixing glass, stir well. Strain into cocktail glass.
Twist a bit of lemon peel on finished drink. Add an olive if desired.

Smirnoff brochure, 1935

The Vodka Martini's first appearance in a cocktail recipe book is in Ted Saucier's 1952 Bottoms Up.

VODKATINI
By Jerome Zerbe, Photographer, and Society Editor of Town and Country
4/5 jigger Smirnoff vodka
1/5 jigger dry vermouth
Ice
Stir in mixer. Strain into cocktail glass, and add twist lemon peel.

Ted Saucier, Bottoms Up, 1952

Saucier credits the invention of the Vodka Martini to Jerome Zerbe (1904-1988), the society editor of Town and Country Magazine. Zerbe is also credited for being the first celebrity paparazzi. A socialite, he was almost as much a celebrity as the celebrities he photographed and counted movie stars such as Gary Cooper, Errol Flynn, and Cary Grant as close friends.

The popularity of the Vodkatini was helped by the rise of vodka during the 1980s and 1990s, and Ian Fleming's character James Bond, who famously drinks Vodka Martini's "shaken, not stirred." [Bond actually drinks Vesper Martinis.]

Nutrition:

172 calories

Alcohol content:

  • 1.8 standard drinks
  • 30.65% alc./vol. (61.3° proof)
  • 25.3 grams of pure alcohol
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