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The Cocktail College Podcast: The Vodka Martini

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When it comes to the craft cocktail movement, there’s long been a hard-to-explain air of snobbery surrounding vodka. Even when we refer back to classic cocktail tomes like Harry Craddock’s famous “The Savoy Cocktail Book,” we’ll find over 300 gin-based drinks but only two vodka cocktail recipes. Many people are embarrassed to admit they fancy a Vodka Martini over a gin one, but the sheer popularity of vodka alone shows that those drinkers are in the majority. “Probably seven out of 10 people that order a Martini today want a Vodka Martini,” our guest today claims. “So let’s serve them the best Vodka Martini we can.”

Regardless of which vodka one reaches for — and whether or not one chooses to add vermouth — there’s an undeniable elegance to a well-made Vodka Martini. In appearance and flavor, it’s pure class, or, as our guest today calls the drink, “Fred Astaire in a glass.”

On this episode of “Cocktail College,” we’re breaking down the world’s most underrated cocktail — one that’s serially disregarded by “serious” drinkers (but not by us). To the Vodka Martini, we’re devoting more than an hour of hot takes, technical insight, and cultural analysis alongside none other than Tony Abou-Ganim. Calling in from Las Vegas, the author of “Vodka Distilled: The Modern Mixologist on Vodka and Vodka Cocktails” teaches us to leave our prejudices at the door and embrace the very spirit of hospitality. Tune in for more. 

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Tony Abou-Ganim’s Vodka Martini Recipe

Ingredients and Directions

Choose your favorite vodka; opt to drink it straight out of the freezer or stirred (or shaken) with ice and with or without vermouth. Garnish with — you’ve guessed it — whatever you feel like in the moment. Just make sure the glassware is on point!

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