While the exact origins of the Martini cocktail are not quite clear, it has become one of the most recognized mixed drinks since the late 1800s. Traditionally it has been a cocktail that uses gin, as was widely popular in London during the 1920s and on. Today the are many variations of that are popular as well. I always see, for example, vodka Martinis all over the place in local cocktail bars, as well as many different variants on from there. You can go the traditional route and get a dry Martini, dirty Martini, perfect Martini or some of the stranger varieties like a grilled cheese Martini or a chocolate Martini — and yes those do actually exist. But I will stick with the more straightforward martini recipe today.
For this recipe you will need vodka, dry vermouth, ice and olives. There are many types of vodka you can go with, but I would definitely stick with a good quality brand. You can get cheap vodka but you definitely might regret it the next morning! One of my favorite brands of is Monopolowa (click for reviews). It comes from Vienna, Austria and is a potato vodka that is triple distilled. I personally think it has a smooth and clean taste and it won’t break the bank. A typical 750ml bottle is about $13-$14 at most liquor stores which is a lot of cheaper than some big names like Absolut Vodka(click for reviews). Others like Stoli Vodka and Smirnoff Vodka are a little more in price but definitely not any better.
Some other things you will want to make this are toothpicks (optional), drink shaker with a strainer, and martini glasses. You can pick up many types of shakers for not a lot of money and they are well worth it to have around. Here is an example of one I use:
3 ounces of vodka
1 ounce of dry vermouth (3:1 ratio, can be adjusted to taste)
8-10 Ice Cubes
1. Combine the vodka and vermouth into your shaker or mixing glass
2. Add in the ice and shake or stir well
3. Strain into your martini glass
4. Garnish with olives on a toothpick or leave olives loose in the bottom of the glass.