Who does’nt love a good Martini? I mean this classic cocktail used to be a household staple. You would come home from work, head over to the liquor counter and whip up one for yourself, as well as one for your spouse. Or perhaps your spouse would meet you at the front door with one in their hand for you. Those were the good old days. Ask your grandparents about it some day, provided that they are still with us. Nowadays, the cocktail has evolved into spectacular drinks that we once again crave. The classic martini with a twist will be theme of today’s recipes. I hope that you find something that will intrigue you, and make you want to visit this classic cocktail once again. The next time that you are out to lunch with a client or just a friend or coworker, go ahead and ask the bartender for a martini. Stay home and save money by making these yourself. Plus if you use the code SPRINGTIME7 at checkout, you can save 7 dollars on any order of 30 dollars or more.
Lemon Drop Martini:
This is the adult version of one of our favorite childhood candies. Tart yet sweet, the Lemon Drop is typically drank as a shot or straight up in a martini glass. Add a sugar rim to your glass for an added kick of sweetness.
1) 2 ounces of vodka
2) 1/2 an ounce of cointreau
3) 1/2 an ounce of fresh Lemon Juice
4) Sugar to rim the glass ( optional )
To Make; Pour all ingredients into an ice filled cocktail shaker, shake for 10- 15 seconds or until cold. Srain the liquid into two shot gasses, or a martini glass. And enjoy.
The 50/50 Martini:
The cocktail we know as the martini, has a muddy origin story. It’s name has changed over the years, as have its contents. But by the early 20th century, what we now refer to as the martini was codified as a mix of London Dry Gin and dry vermouth, garnished with a lemon twist or an olive or two. Since then, it has permeated the American culture and become an unrivaled symbol of sophistication.In its famous conical glass, the martini is a visual currency the world over, on millions of menus and neon signs. In many ways the martini is THE cocktail.
Our take on the perfect martini consists of half Botanist Gin and half dry vermouth. This is the lighter variation, making it the perfect cocktail for spring and summer weather.
1) 1 1/2 ounces of Botanist Gin
2) 1 1/2 ounces of Dry Vermouth
3) A dash of Orange Bitters
4) Lemon peels or olives for the garnish ( Not Optional )
To Make; Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass filled with ice cubes, and stir until outside of the glass becomes frosted. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist or a couple of olives.
Originally created for Chambord’s worldwide promotion, the key ingredient to this cocktail is the Chambord Liqueur. The unique feature for this drink is that it was created specifically for a liqueur, which means substituting it would leave a bland taste.
1) 1 1/2 ounces of Vodka
2) 1/4 of an ounce of Chambord Raspberry Liqueur
3) 1/4 of an ounce of Pineapple Juice
4) 1 Twist of a Lemon peel to garnish
To Make; Pour all ingredients into an ice filled cocktail shaker, shake vigorously for 5 – 10 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass and enjoy.
In this lighter version of the classic Gin Martini, St.Germain provide the perfect balance of flavors: the botanicles of the Gin, the wine notes of the vermouth, and the fruity notes of the St.- Germain.
1) 1/2 an ounce of St.-Germain Elderflower Liqueur
2) 1 ounce of Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth
3) 1 ounce of Oxley Dry Gin
To Make; Add ingredients into a chilled mixing glass filled with ice cubes. Stir well to combine and pour into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a green olive or two. Enjoy.
The Churchill Martini:
A quirky and complicated man, Winston Churchill was known for his love of livations. when, asked how he would like his Gin Martini prepared he replied ” I would like to observe the vermouth from across the while I drink my martini”. Served chilled and neat, this cocktail contains nothing more than gin and ice in proximity to a bottle of vermouth. Wacky and unique just like its name sake.
1) 2 1/2 ounces of Plymouth Gin
2) 1 scoop of ice
3) 1 green olive to garnish
To Make; Add gin to a mixing glass full of ice cubes and stir until well chilled. While stirring, glance occasionally at a bottle of vermouth from across the room. Srain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a single green olive. Enjoy
A variation of the French Martini, this recipe replaces the pineapple juice for the more exotic Caribbean flavor of mango. Chambord is one of our favorite cocktail additions– when we restock our bar, we always make sure a bottle of this is on the list.
1) 2 ounces of Chambord
2) 1 ounce of Vodka
3) 1/2 an ounce of lemon juice
4) 1/2 an ounce of mango juice
To Make; Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with some ice cubes, and shake until frosty cold. Strain into a chilled martini glass, then enjoy. No garnish needed.
Apple Cider Honey Jack Martini:
This cider honey martini is fall in a glass, but works just as well for the spring and summer months. The perfect balance of sweet and tart. Thanks to yummy ingredients like apple cider, fresh lemon juice, Honey Jack, and a pinch of cinnamon. Doesn’t this sound sophisticated?
1) 2 ounces of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Whiskey
2) 1 ounce of unfiltered apple cider
3) 1/2 an ounce of freshly squeezed lemon juice
4) Fresh ground cinnamon to taste*
5) Sliced apples for the garnish ( optional )
To Make: Combine Honey Jack, lemon, and cider in a cocktail shaker with some ice and a pinch of cinnamon, shake until well chilled. Rim the martini glass with a mixture of ground cinnamon and sugar. Strain the liquid into the martini glass, then garnish with the apple slices if you choose to do so. Enjoy any time of the year.
Try these classic martini with a twist and please let me know if they made you feel a little more sophisticated or not.
Please remember to drink responsibly, and never drink and drive, the life you save mat very well be your own. Sincerely John D. Have a blessed weekend my friends.