Irish Martini Cocktail

  • PrepTime: 3 Mins
  • CookTime: 0 Mins
  • TotalTime: 3 Mins


  1. 2 ounces vodka
  2. 1/2 ounce dry vermouth
  3. 1/2 ounce Irish whiskey
  4. Garnish: lemon twist


  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. Pour the Irish whiskey into a chilled cocktail glass.
  3. Swirl it around the glass in order to coat the inside, then dump the excess whiskey.
  4. Pour the vodka and dry vermouth into a cocktail shaker half-filled with cracked ice.
  5. Shake well.
  6. Strain into the rinsed glass and garnish with a lemon twist.
  7. Serve and enjoy!


  1. "Dump" the whiskey? Yeah right! Instead of wasting good whiskey, go ahead and drink the excess or reserve it in a shot glass for later. Also, if you're making a few Irish martinis, the same 1/2 ounce can be transferred to each glass.
  2. A chilled glass makes this drink just a little better. If you don't have room in your freezer for a couple of cocktail glasses, take the quick approach instead. Simply fill the glass with a few ice cubes while you gather the ingredients and tools, then dump them out right before doing the whiskey rinse.
  3. Make sure your vermouth is fresh because stale vermouth makes a bad martini. The fortified wine has a short shelf life of just three months after the bottle is open. It should also be stored in the refrigerator.
  4. Rather than vodka, try the Irish martini with gin. The extra flavor from that spirit's botanicals is really interesting with an Irish whiskey kiss.
  5. You can also try this recipe with scotch. It will be a little different than the smoky martini, which uses just a dash of the whisky as a modifier instead of vermouth. Try blended scotch rather than really smoky single malts.