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Vodka Martini

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.

Vodka Martini

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