There is something about sipping a cocktail from a long-stemmed martini glass that just makes it so much more enjoyable. The beverage industry has come a long way from the classic martini. Nowadays, the martini is more of a drink category than a specific drink. In fact, unconventional flavors have become part of the appeal. Below are a few martini recipes that are great for sipping before dinner, while out for a night with friends, or even as an after meal treat.
Before we get to some of the recipes that have made the martini popular in today’s society, let’s start with the original. The classic Martini is one drink that every bartender should know how to make. There are many ways to make a Martini: gin or vodka, little or no vermouth, stirred or shaken, and an olive or lemon twist garnish. One drink, so many options.
If you are opting for the olive garnish, use either one or three olives skewered on a cocktail pick. Some people say that an even number of olives is bad luck, while others think an even number just looks better. If the olives are big or stuffed, one olive will usually do.
Classic Gin Martini
2 1/2 ounces gin
1/2 ounce dry vermouth
1 or 3 olives or lemon twist for garnish
Orange or Angostura bitters (optional)
Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice cubes. Stir for 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add a dash of orange or Angostura bitters, if desired. Garnish with the olive or lemon twist.
It is said that it was the love for the classic martini that spurred this particular cocktail into becoming its own drink category. Some martinis like the Manhattan and the Cosmopolitan will always be traditional favorites. However, bartenders everywhere are trying their hand at mixing martinis with everything from fruit to chocolate, and coffee to hot peppers.
The list of what are now popularly known as martinis has grown at a rapid pace and there are few signs of it slowing down. The martini has evolved into a style of drink and the selection of recipes below is just a small sampling of the craze that has become the martini.
1/2 cup watermelon juice
1/8 cup vodka
1/8 cup watermelon schnapps
1 tablespoon simple syrup
½ lime, juiced
Combine some salt and sugar in a small bowl, and pour onto a small, shallow plate. Moisten the rim of a martini glass with a piece of watermelon, and dip the moistened glass rim into the salt and sugar mixture; set aside.
Pour the watermelon juice, vodka, watermelon schnapps, simple syrup, and lime juice into a cocktail shaker over ice. Cover, and shake until the outside of the shaker has frosted. Strain into the prepared glasses.
Mango and Basil Martini
50 ml Vodka
10 ml Triple Sec
5 Basil Leaves
30 ml Mango Juice
30 ml Sweet 'n' Sour
Muddle, shake and strain. Serve in a martini glass and garnish with basil leaves.
Blueberry Vodka Martini
1 pint blueberries, rinsed and dried
1 cup raspberry flavored liqueur
1 lime, juiced
1 twist lime zest, garnish
To make the blueberry vodka: Pour out approximately 1/3 of the bottle of vodka into a holding container; set aside. Score each blueberry with a small nick and place into vodka bottle. With the vodka previously set aside, fill the vodka bottle until just below the neck. Add just enough raspberry liqueur to top off the bottle. Let sit in a dark place for 2 weeks.
To make martinis: In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine 2 parts blueberry vodka, 1 part raspberry liqueur, and a dash of lime juice. Shake vigorously and strain into glass. Garnish with twist of lime zest.
Bailey’s Espresso Martini
2 ounces Bailey’s Irish Cream
1/4 ounce Smirnoff No. 21 vodka
2 ounces (1 shot) cold espresso
Add Bailey’s Irish Cream, Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka, and shot of cold espresso. Shake and pour into martini glass. Garnish with a cherry.
German Chocolate Martini
1/2 ounce Godiva Original Liqueur
1/2 ounce Captain Morgan Parrot Bay Coconut Rum
1/2 ounce Smirnoff Black Cherry Vodka
1/4 ounce shavings of chocolate
Add Godiva Original Liqueur, Captain Morgan Parrot Bay Coconut Rum, and Smirnoff Black Cherry Vodka. Shake with ice and strain into martini glass. Garnish with chocolate shavings.