Well, it all started in Ian Fleming’s novel James Bond. Consisting of vodka and vermouth, it became popular in the mid- to late-twentieth century.  In the novel and movies, Mr. Bond always orders a vodka martini and requests it be shaken.

Purists may still object to it being called a martini and accuse it of being tasteless but for many martini lovers out there, when they order a martini cocktail they mean one made with vodka.

Vodka Martini

  • 1½ shots vodka
  • ¾ shot dry vermouth

Place vodka and vermouth in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake well. Strain into a martini glass. Serve with an olive.

Cranberry Vodka Martini

  • 3 shots vodka
  • 5 shots cranberry juice
  • ½ shot vermouth

Place the vodka, cranberry juice and vermouth in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake well. Pour into martini glasses. Serve with a slice of lime.

Now for taste of Mr. James Bond Vodka Martini

Vesper ( From the movie Casino Royale )

  • 3 measures Gordon’s gin
  • 1 measure vodka
  • ½ measure Kina Lillet (today known as Lillet Blanc)

Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, and then add a large thin slice of lemon peel.

If shaken or stirred, I prefer the Vodka Martini to be shaken. According to some research, a shaken vodka martini is considerable more antioxidants than stirred martinis and thus are better for your health.

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