Simple tips to make the perfect vodka martini

A classic martini, August 5, 2019, at Hanny's Bar, 40 N 1st Street, Phoenix.Classic Martini
A classic martini, August 5, 2019, at Hanny's Bar, 40 N 1st Street, Phoenix.Classic Martini /

The perfect vodka martini is just a pour away.

Sometimes simplicity can produce a delicious classic cocktail. The perfect Vodka martini can be mastered with these simple tips.

While James Bond might have his signature martini, others may disagree. As cocktail trends be and flow, classic cocktails can evolve. Still, a few simple tips can make a vodka martini be a sip of perfection.

Bob Nolet, Vice President of Marketing, Master Distiller at Nolet Spirits, has shared his expert insight on the best martini. Although this classic cocktail might not have infused syrups, vibrant colors or even overflowing garnishes, the simplicity should be celebrated.

Of course, the perfect vodka martini starts with a quality vodka. Since the cocktail only has a few ingredients, quality vodka is paramount.

Here are some simple tips to make the perfect vodka martini.


Although it seems contradictory, dilution is important to a great vodka martini. When prepared properly a martini should never need ice. Its should be served straight up. The dilution happens when the martini is stirred.

Skip the shake

Although James Bond says shake, the perfect martini should be stirred. By stirring with the ice and vermouth, the martini will be chilled and all the ingredients will be incorporated.

Size matters

When you’re using ice to chill the martini, use a big ice cube, like cocktail ice. The little slivers of the ice will help to chill and dilute. Crushed ice is not a good idea.

Fresh ingredients, including the vermouth

Since a martini is just a handful of ingredients, it is important to have a fresh bottle of vermouth on hand. Vermouth oxidizes, which ruins the flavor. If you haven’t used that bottle recently, it is best to get a new one. Also, store the vermouth in the refrigerator once it’s open.

The glass matters

Sure that Ina Garten martini glass is impressive, but a smaller martini glass is a better choice. The small glass helps to keep that martini chilled longer. Also, chill the glass first.

With all these expert tips, here’s how to make the perfect martini.

The Ketel One Perfect Martini


  • 1.25 oz. Ketel One® Vodka
  • 0.25 oz. dry vermouth
  • Lemon twist


  • Stir vodka with ice in a mixing glass
  • Strain into a martini glass
  • Garnish with a lemon twist

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