Vodka martini

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Vodka martini

A vodka martini, also known as a vodkatini or kangaroo cocktail,[1] is a cocktail made with vodka and vermouth, a variation of a martini.

A vodka martini is made by combining vodka, dry vermouth and ice in a cocktail shaker or mixing glass. The ingredients are chilled, either by stirring or shaking, then strained and served "straight up" (without ice) in a chilled cocktail glass. The drink may be garnished with an olive, a "twist" (a strip of lemon peel squeezed or twisted), capers, or cocktail onions (with the onion garnish specifically yielding a vodka Gibson).

The vodka martini has become a common and popular cocktail, but some purists maintain that while it is a perfectly fine drink, it isn't a martini unless made with gin.[2][3][4][5][6][7]

In creative works[edit]

  • James Bond famously drinks a "Vodka Martini, shaken not stirred."[3]
  • On the US television show I Dream of Jeannie, Jeannie makes vodka martini gush from a rock in the desert for Captain Nelson, calling it his "favorite potion" (though at the time he needed water).
    • A pink-colored, fruit-flavored variant of the vodka martini is named the I Dream of Jeannie Martini.


  1. ^ Heugel, Bobby. "Bobby Heugel's Weekly Cocktail: The Kangaroo Cocktail". Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Wonderich, David, "Vodka Martini - The Wonderich Take", Esquire
  3. ^ a b Cocktails a Complete Guide to Bartending with Over 500 Cocktail Recipes. Boston: 2007. ISBN 1605011045. 
  4. ^ Buffo, Peter (May 2004). "That martini mystique". Orange Coast: 174. 
  5. ^ Bosker, Gideon; Karen Brooks and Damon Reed (1998). Atomic Cocktails: Mixed Drinks for Modern Times. Chronicle Books. p. 90. ISBN 0811819264. 
  6. ^ Felten, Eric (2007). How's Your Drink?: Cocktails, Culture, and the Art of Drinking Well. Agate Publishing. p. 41. ISBN 1572840897. 
  7. ^ Axelrod, Alan (2002). The Pocket Idiot's Guide to Bartending. Penguin. p. 57. ISBN 1101221852.