Gin or Vodka…Which Martini is Right for You?

Which Martini Is Right For You?

The martini is a very pure cocktail that consists of two main ingredients. A base spirit of gin or vodka and vermouth—with the option of two supporting acts: bitters and your garnish.

Gin vs. Vodka
It’s really important to specify what spirit you want when ordering a martini. If you go to a classic bar, they’ll most likely give you gin. But a more contemporary bar will probably give you vodka. For the most part, a gin martini is the standard because it pairs with vermouth better. But every now and then a good clean vodka martini is a nice treat. When you’re first experimenting with martinis, you should switch between various spirit brands to find the ones you really like. Since this is such a pure cocktail, the gin and vodka that you choose will become the star of the drink. So you better pick wisely.

The best martini gin out there is Plymouth. Even though it’s still juniper-dominant, it’s not overwhelming. It’s also the gin that the very first dry martini was made with. Tanqueray makes a good martini because of the citrus flavor, as does Beefeater 24, which is a more delicate style of London gin.

For vodka, Absolut is the benchmark and always a great place to start. If you want something with more character Charbay might be a better choice. For a really clean taste, go with Tito’s.

There are many different vermouths — some are more spicy, some more floral, and others are cleaner and subtler. A great place to start is with two really well known brands: Noilly Prat and Martini & Rossi. After those, move on to Dolin for a fuller flavor. With subtle vodkas use Noilly, but if you have a strong flavored gin, pair it with Dolin. Vya is another good option.

Dry vs. Wet
Dry or wet refers to how much vermouth you put in a martini. Essentially, the more vermouth the wetter it is. Martini’s with just a splash of vermouth would be considered very dry. A lot of people prefer 50/50’s which are half vermouth, half gin. Originally, martinis were all wet—and in later centuries the trend was to make very dry martinis. Now people are adding vermouth back to them again.

Source: Food Republic

Vodka Martini

Video by: Absolut Drinks


Dry Vermouth
2 ounces vodka, chilled


  • Pour a little bit of dry vermouth in a chilled martini glass and swirl to  coat the inside of the glass.
  • Dispose of excess vermouth.
  • In a shaker full of ice, gently swirl or stir the vodka before straining into glass.
  • Garnish with olives or lemon twist and add rocks if you like.

Recipe: The Cookworks

 Gin Martini

Video by: GQ


1 cup crushed ice, plus extra for chilling glass
1/2 -ounce dry vermouth
2 1/2 ounces gin
1 olive


  • Place some crushed ice into the martini glass you will be serving in, and set aside.
  • Place the 1 cup of crushed ice into a cocktail shaker. Pour in the vermouth and swirl it around, making as much contact as possible with the ice.
  • Using a strainer, pour the vermouth out. Add the gin and stir well to combine.
  • Remove the ice from your serving glass and add the olive. Using the strainer, pour the gin into the serving glass.

Recipe by: Food Network

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    […] 1. Martini The martini, is essentially a glass of gin or vodka with varying amount of vermouth (fortified wine for hard drinking men) and various garnishes. Ordering a martini sometimes requires learning an ancient codified language: “I’d like a dirty martini, wet, stirred, and on the rocks” – this translates to a gin martini (by default) with vermouth, stirred in ice with the ice left in the glass, and with olive juice and olives for garnish. If you don’t like gin order a vodka martini. If you don’t like vermouth, order it extra dry. If you want it shaken in ice instead of just stirred with a straw, ask for it shaken. If you want it without ice in its final form, ask for it straight up. If you don’t like olives, definitely don’t order it dirty. In the end, you’re going to get a very strong cup of liquor. Gin Or Vodka – Which Martini Is Right For You? […]