vodka and dry vermouth
With the creation of the Smirnoff brand in 1933 began the wooing of the American drinking public to try vodka. The Vodka Martini was an inevitable and effective tool, and indeed, its first known appearance in print is a 1935 Smirnoff pamphlet. As the market for vodka took off, the vodka version significantly expanded the Martini market for the mid-Century and beyond.
Shown, above, are a couple Vodka Martini recipes from a 1930s Smirnoff brochure. As you can see, the sweet Martini was still around and Smirnoff was covering all the bases.
Stir with ice:
- 2 oz vodka
- 1/2 oz dry vermouth
Strain into a cocktail glass
Garnish with a lemon twist and/or olive
Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails, p. 442–5; barware icons courtesy of Haus Alpenz