Vodka Drinks – How to Make a Vodka Martini

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Professional bartender Joshua Dubois mixes up a classic vodka martini.

    Joshua Dubois

    Joshua has bartended in several bars including The Pub in Brooklyn and Fatso's Lawrence, Kansas. Mixing drinks has been a passion for Josh since childhood when he used to mix his milk and chocolate syrup flair style on the playground. He then went through the school of hard knocks at The Pub in NYC under a career bartender whom had been bartending since the age of 13 in Ireland. He then spent two years at Fatso's Public House and Stage in Lawrence, KS under the supervision of bartending master Gavin Smith. He now resides in the DC metro area and bartends for private parties.

    Hi. I am Josh Dubois and today we are making vodka drinks, and right now I am going to show you how to make a Martini. Now, a martini was originally gin and it was made popular with vodka, mainly due to the James Bond movies because James Bond always orders a vodka Martini shaken not stirred, and that s what we are going to show you how to do today. We are going to show you how to make a Dry Vodka Martini, but we are also going to show you how to change that into a Dirty Martini. So, we are kind of going to kill two birds with one stone here. What you are going to need to do is this you are going to need some olives and olive juice. You are going to need vermouth, you are going to need to your vodka of choice, you are going to need a cup and a shaker, and you are going to need a martini glass. You may also choose to use a strainer, but today we are going to show you how to strain it with just these two items right here.

    So the very first thing that you want to do right when somebody orders a martini, is you want to grab your martini glass and you are going to fill it with ice. Now, the reason that you want to do this absolutely first is because it gives it the maximum amount of time from when they order the drink, to when you are done with the drink to actually have the glass being chilled. The reason you use a martini glass is because the person holds the drink by the stem and they hold the drink by the stem because they don t want to drink to get warm. It s going to be just pretty much straight vodka with no other chilling ingredient in the actual drink once it s been made. So, you want it to not get warm in your hands.

    So next we are going to take your glass, and you are going to put a fair amount of ice in it, it s not really important that you measure the ice for the drink because it s not going to go into the final product. There is several schools of thought of how to actually put the vermouth in a martini. Some people actually just take the martini glass and they just pour the vermouth in the martini glass and dump it out.

    This is the way that I think the most people have done it and the most people that really make a lot of martinis do it. So, what I m going to do is, I m just going to take the vermouth and I m just going to coat the ice in there, and you can see there is quite of there vermouth in there, but you are going to take that, and then you are going to strain out that vermouth because -- strain it out, really good. All the vermouth that you are going to need has stuck to the ice in that cup, that s all the vermouth you need, not very much at all. Next you are going to take your vodka, and now a martini is basically a double shot of vodka or four ounces. So, you are going to give it an eight count, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. Next, now, this is the part where it s going to turn a dry martini into a dirty martini. So if you just want a dry martini, skip this step right here, but if you want to change it into a dirty martini what you are going to do, is you are going to add olive juice, quite a bit too. There is no specific measurement for how much olive juice to add, you just want to do it to taste and you will get really good of this the more of them you make. But this is a very salty juice and it creates a nice kick to the martini. Next, shaking time and now as you can see this has been chilling the whole time, it s getting really cold, this is the most important part. You take your shaker tin and you put it over the top of your glass. You can use a pint glass, you can use this style of glass or you can the bottom half of the shaker tin that comes with the shaker. But, now you want to make sure it s on there, really, really good, and you are just going to shake and now shake as hard as you can for a good amount of time too, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake. The easiest way to shake is to take it up here and you can really get the most momentum by doing this. What you are doing while you shake it like that is you are going to be actually breaking up the ice cubes and it s going to create a nice layer on top of the drink when you are done.

    Now a lot of people want to put their vodka in the freezer or in the fridge, just because their can is not going to freeze, vodka is actually made for when you are making martinis to actually melt a little bit and to give a little water in there. So, it s not such a strong tasty martini and that s not so gross.

    So the last part, dump out your ice, and you can see where it s been chilled in there and then you are going to make sure that, that pops off and pour your martini into the glass, use both of these glasses to strain the martini in there and get every last bit of it. You are going to want to garnish this drink with a tooth pick and a couple of olives. Now what type of olives you use is completely up to you, however many you want to garnish it with, completely up to you. That s how you make a martini, a dirty martini, or a dry martini if you skip the olive juice step. So enjoy, next we are going to make a White Russian.