Vodka martini
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Vodka martini

Beloved by Bond, Churchill and Dorothy Parker, the vodka martini has the simplicity of any good cocktail, but with a variety of twists – dry, with only a dash of vermouth; wet, with plenty of vermouth; or dirty, with a dash of olive brine. For this classic version, be sure to keep your chosen vodka in the freezer – martinis should be served as ice cold as possible. 

Nick Grimshaw prepared this recipe for Angela Hartnett and guest Annie Mac on episode 14, season 2 of Dish, the Waitrose podcast. It was served with scallops with ginger-spiced lemon butter and pickled carrots

Discover all recipes prepared by Angela Hartnett on seasons 1-3 of the Dish podcast. Dish is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.

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  • Makes1
  • CourseDrink
  • Prepare5 mins
  • Cook-
  • Total time5 mins

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  • 60ml vodka
  • 15ml dry vermouth
  • ice cubes


  1. Add the vodka and dry vermouth to a mixing glass filled with ice cubes. Stir using a long-handled spoon and strain into a small chilled glass. Garnish with a lemon twist or chilled green olive.

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