Ignore James Bond’s famous instructions and stir this vodka-based Martini instead of shaking. As British author W. Somerset Maugham once stated, “Martinis should always be stirred, not shaken, so that the molecules lie sensuously one on top of the other.” Wise words for gin and vodka Martinis alike.
Fill a mixing glass with ice and add the vermouth.
Stir to coat the ice and strain, discarding the excess vermouth.
Add the vodka and bitters if desired, and stir well.
Strain into a chilled Martini glass and garnish with an olive or lemon twist.
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