Before we jump into how to make a vodka martini, I have an important question: Who saw A Simple Favor? I love a good mystery, and double-sign-me-up if it features Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick. I won’t say too much about the movie in case you haven’t seen it, but I thought it was really fun! Aside from being a totally enjoyable thriller/mystery, it also had me craving a martini afterward. And, I’m all for a classic (gin) martini like the movie features, but if I’m being honest, a vodka martini is a little more my speed.
As you probably already know (but maybe not, idk), a martini is a super simple cocktail. It’s seriously just two ingredients BUT because it is so simple there are a number of small variations and changes that can really impact the final drink. Personally, I love simple cocktails because I enjoy mixing up a drink at home sometimes, and I am by no means as skilled as most bartenders I know—far from it. But, a vodka martini is not only delicious, it’s super easy to make and I almost always have the ingredients on hand.
Personally, I tend to make a vodka martini two ways. One involves some vermouth and a large twist of lemon. The second involves only a vermouth wash, but I’ll add an olive and a little olive juice for a dirty martini. Either way, the number one piece of advice I have for those who enjoy a good vodka martini at home is to keep your vodka in the freezer. Blake Lively’s character does this with gin in the movie and she’s 100% right! This keeps your spirit super cold and ready to make into a martini in a second’s notice.
And, if you don’t have a lemon in the refrigerator, you could swap this out with a lime, orange, or even grapefruit rind instead. It will change the final drink, but in a pinch these are all still delicious options. Cheers! xo. Emma
- 3 parts vodka
- 1 part vermouth
- 1 large lemon rind OR 1-2 green olives + a teaspoon of olive juice
- Variation #1 – In a cocktail shaker or glass filled with ice, add the vodka and vermouth. Stir to combine then strain into your chilled glass. Squeeze the lemon rind over the top of the drink. Then add the rind to the drink.
- Variation #2 – Add the vermouth to your chilled martini glass and give this a couple of swirls so it coats the entire inside of the glass. Then pour out the vermouth. Add the vodka to the glass and top with the olive and olive juice.
Keep your vodka in the freezer. It won’t freeze, it will just stay super cold. If possible, it’s also nice to keep your martini glasses in the refrigerator so they are also super chilled.