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Classic Martini Recipes

The truth of the matter is that a real Martini is simply a couple ounces of ice-cold gin (or vodka if gin isn’t your thing) your bartender serves you with a dash of vermouth. Some people like more or less vermouth than others (or none at all), and some people prefer an olive or a twist of lemon or even a pearl onion for a garnish.

The All-American Martini

2-1/2 oz. Glacier Vodka

Dash Dry Vermouth

Stir with ice. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with two Olives skewered by an American Flag toothpick.

Angel Martini

2-1/2 oz. Ketel One Vodka

1/2 oz. Frangelico

Shake with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass.

A little Italy and a littler Netherlands. (This one was invented at the Bowery Bar of New York, New York.)

Black Magic Martini

1-1/2 oz. Jägermeister

1-1/2 oz. Vodka

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass.

Black Tie Martini

1-1/2 oz. SKYY Vodka

Splash Campari

Splash Chivas

2 Cocktail Onions

1 Black Olive

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass.

Blue Goose Martini

2 oz. Hpnotiq

1 oz. Grey Goose Vodka

Splash Pineapple Juice

Shake well. Garnish with a Pineapple Wedge.

Blue SKYY Martini

2-1/2 oz. SKYY Vodka

Splash Blue Curaçao

Stir with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass.

Bootlegger Martini

2 oz. Bombay Gin

1/4 oz. Southern Comfort

Stir gently with ice; serve straight up or over ice. Garnish with a Lemon Twist.

Created at the Martini Bar at the Chianti Restaurant in Houston, Texas.

Dry Victoria Martini

3 oz. Bombay Sapphire Gin

1 oz. Martini & Rossi Extra Dry Vermouth

1 or 2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Shake or stir. Serve in a classic martini glass. Garnish with 1 Cocktail Olive and a Twist of Lemon.

The Engaging Martini

2 oz. Finlandia Vodka

Dash Dry Vermouth

2 Olives

Diamond Ring

Stir Vodka and Vermouth with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a pair of Olives and a One-Carat Diamond Engagement Ring.

Also known as The Most Expensive Martini, the Oak Bar in Boston has a version that includes dinner for two and a hotel suite stocked with champagne, chocolates, and flowers for just $12,750. The chunk of ice in her drink will seal the deal.

“In and Out” Martini

1/4 oz. Dry Vermouth

2 oz. Gin or Vodka

Garnish with Lemon Twist or an Olive

Fill shaker glass with ice and add Vermouth. Swirl ice around in glass and pour out. Add Gin/Vodka and shake vigorously. Pour into a cocktail glass.

From Patrick Ford, Smith & Wollensky, New York, NY

Jersey Lightning Martini

2 oz. Laird’s Applejack Brandy

1 oz. Sweet Vermouth

3/4 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

Shake with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass.

Kremlin Martini

2 oz. Smirnoff Vodka

1-1/2 oz. Crème de Cacao

1-1/2 oz. Half & Half

Shake well with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass.

Lavender Orchid

1 oz. Tanqueray No. Ten

1/4 oz. Chambord

1 oz. Sour Mix

splash Ginger Ale

1 Orchid

In a shaker with ice, add Tanqueray, Chambord, and Sour Mix. Shake gently and strain into a martini glass and top with Ginger Ale. Decorate with a floating Orchid.

Martini avec Moi

2 oz. Absente

1-1/2 oz. Remy Martin Grand Cru VS Cognac

3/4 oz. Lillet Blanc

Splash Crème de Cassis

Shake ingredients until freezing cold and pour into a martini glass. Garnish with a Lemon Twist.

Mayflower Martini

2 oz. Plymouth Gin

1 oz. French Vermouth

Dash Angostura Bitters

Orange or Lemon Twist

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass.

This drink is based on Thomas Stuart’s original recipe. Modern tastes may prefer a drier version with less Vermouth; an Orange rather than a Lemon Twist is also good.

Mystique Martini

2 oz. Smirnoff Vodka

Dash Green Chartreuse

Chill, strain, and garnish with a Lemon or Lime Twist.

Purple Hooter Martini

1-/4 oz. Chambord

1-1/4 oz. Vodka

1/4 oz. Sour Mix

1/4 oz. Lemon-Lime Soda

Combine ingredients, except Soda, into a shaker filled with ice. Shake thoroughly and pour into a martini glass. Top with Lemon-Lime Soda.

It’s not all that different from a Purple Hooter shot, but it looks classier in a martini glass.

Stoli Blue-Tini

1-1/2 oz. Stoli Blueberi

1-1/2 oz. Stoli Vanil

Stir with ice. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with Blueberries.

Thrilla in Vanilla

2 oz. Sobieski Vanilla Vodka

1/2 oz. DeKuyper Peach Schnapps

Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass.

Created by L. Saccone, Basking Ridge, NJ.

Topaz Martini

1-3/4 oz. Bacardi Limón

1/4 oz. Martini & Rossi Extra Dry Vermouth

Splash Blue Curaçao

Stir in a cocktail glass. Strain and serve straight up or on the rocks. Add a Lemon Twist or Olives.

Invented at the Heart and Soul in San Francisco, California.

Trinity Martini

1 oz. Bombay Gin

1/2 oz. Sweet Vermouth

1/2 oz. Dry Vermouth

Stir in a cocktail glass. Strain and serve straight up or on the rocks. Add a Lemon Twist or Olives.

This cocktail is also known as the Trio Plaza Martini.

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