By Donna Hood Crecca | email@example.com
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? I 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 reports it’s a
favorite with the ladies.
3 strips hickory smoked
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
Developed by Paul McGee of The Whistler
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
Sapphire Minted Mango
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.
Irish Razberi Martini
The March Martini of the Month was a hit
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
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.
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.
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 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
Thirsty for More?
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and mixology ideas.