Purists will argue that a true Martini employs gin rather than vodka (and a higher proportion of vermouth to the main spirit, at that), but who are we to disagree with 007, whose oft-repeated request for a Vodka Martini is as closely associated with the series of films as his famed introduction as “Bond. James Bond”? We will, however, insist that it should be stirred rather than shaken in order to produce the most silky-smooth cocktail.
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2 1/2 ounces vodka
1/2 ounce dry vermouth
1 dash orange bitters
Garnish: lemon twist
Add the vodka, dry vermouth and orange bitters into a mixing glass with ice and stir until very well-chilled, about 20 to 30 seconds.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with a lemon twist.
Dry Martini: Employs the more traditional gin rather than vodka
Tequila Martini: Switches up the main spirit once more
Dirty Martini: Adds olive brine for a salty touch
Gibson: Swaps in a cocktail onion as the garnish
Reverse Martini: Switches up the vodka and vermouth proportions