What is a Martini? Classically, it’s vodka or gin with vermouth – which spirit and how much vermouth is a matter of personal taste and usually much debate among imbibers and barkeeps alike. But the Martini has morphed into any drink put into a Martini glass. Which brings up another debate: should it be called a Martini glass, a cocktail glass or a coupe? We welcome your thoughts on that one.
Here, we offer some contemporary takes on the classic cocktail, each of which would jump start your spring or summer drink menu with style.
A favorite at the Double Down Bars in Las Vegas and New York City, owner P Moss who reports it’s a favorite with the ladies.
3 strips hickory smoked bacon
1 bottle vodka
Fry the bacon and “massage” it into a bottle of vodka. Allow bottle to stand for 24 hours; the bacon will soften. Chill the vodka. Strain into a chilled Martini glass.
Pink Honey Martini
Courtesy of Sidney Frank Importing Co.
1 part Barenjager Honey Liqueur
2 parts vodka
Splash of cranberry juice
Dash of sweet and sour mix
Shake with ice and strain into a Martini glass.
Sapphire Minted Mango Martini
From the Bacardi USA Summer Cocktail Guide.
1½ parts Bombay Sapphire Gin
½ part Cointreau
½ part fresh lime juice
½ part agave nectar
5 mint leaves
¼ fresh mango
Muddle mango with agave and lime juice. Shake all ingredients with lots of ice and serve straight up in a chilled Martini glass. Float mint leaf on top for aroma.
Developed by Paul McGee of The Whistler in Chicago.
1 ¼ ounces Ketel One Vodka
¾ ounce chamomile-infused bianco vermouth
2 dashes lemon bitters
Add ingredients to mixing glass with ice. Stir for approximately 20 seconds. Strain into a 4-ounce coupe glass.
Irish Razberi Martini
The March Martini of the Month at Martinis in Henderson, Nev.
1 ½ ounce Baileys
1 ½ ounce Stoli Razberi
½ ounce Kahlua
Shake ingredients and strain into a Martini glass. Garnish with a mint sprig picked to a fresh raspberry.
Developed by Greg Best of Holeman and Finch in Atlanta.
2 ounces Karlsson's Gold Vodka
1 ounce Lillet Blonde
Dash of Regan's Orange Bitters
Fresh black pepper
Combine in mixing glass with ice and stir; strain into Martini glass and serve with fresh black pepper cracked over the drink and a garnish of grapefruit peel.
Nuvo Springtime Martini
Courtesy of Nuvo Sparkling Liqueur.
1 ounce vodka
1/2 ounce peach nectar
Splash of fresh lime juice
1 ounce Nuvo Sparkling Liqueur
Combine vodka, peach nectar and lime juice; top with Nuvo Sparkling Liqueur. Serve in a Martini glass garnished with a fresh lemon peel.
Courtesy of Diageo.
½ ounce Godiva Original Liqueur
1 ounce Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
½ ounce Cîroc Vodka
Shake until blended and pour into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with chocolate shavings if desired.
Courtesy of Hint Essence Water
1 ½ ounce watermelon vodka
1 ½ ounce citrus vodka
1 ½ ounce Blackberry HINT
Shake ingredients over ice and serve in a Martini glass.