Gin or Vodka? Why Not Both?

Gin martinis. Vodka martinis. When it comes to such cocktails, people tend to stick to a certain favorite and some even denounce ones made without their preferred liquor. In my opinion, as long as it’s not some candy-coated concoction, and consists of only 3 or so ingredients (garnish aside), it’s a martini. Whether it’s vodka or gin is of no consequence to me – I choose which one I’m most in the mood for, if I decide upon a martini.

But I wonder… why not both? This martini recipe utilizes both, dropping the vermouth altogether, which makes it more refreshing, at least in my opinion, for hot summer days. The recipe below makes two drinks (or one big drink, if you prefer):


2 oz gin
2 oz vodka
Lemon peel, for garnish
Pimento-stuffed olives, for garnish

Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice and add your gin and vodka. Shake well until condensation forms on the outside of the shaker. Strain the cocktail into two cocktail glasses and garnish each with a lemon twist and 2 stuffed olives.

Try it and tell me what you think!


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