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The Best Martinis to Make for the Holidays!

Annadin Sorbito

Posted on May 17 2021

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Martinis is a classic cocktail drink that is not only elegant but also very simple to make. This is the drink offered at most prestigious parties where rich and well-known people often attend to. It was first introduced to the public in 1887 by Jerry Thomas and it remained on the top list of cocktails served up until today. Knowing that it is served in a martini glass that looks extremely fancy, elite people and other cocktail enthusiasts opt to drink martinis over any other drinks. 

With regards to the ingredients, martini recipes are very flexible. You can incorporate your favorite beverage and other ingredients that you think would make this drink even more delicious. The flavors can be changed and you can make real twists as long as you know how to customize and mix the ingredients. In case you don’t have any idea about how to make a martini, we are going to save you from those worries through the given martini recipes we have listed below! 

What Is a Dirty Martini?

Dirty Martini is a classic cocktail but with olive juice or olive brine in its ingredients. It is called ”dirty” because it has a clear-colored cocktail but with the addition of olive, it changes the clear color making it “dirty”. You can taste the olive in a dirty martini and it is also salty, good for people who don’t like the taste of alcohol in their cocktails.

What Is a Dry Martini?

When a martini drink has less vermouth, it tastes drier. That’s why a dry martini with less vermouth is called a dry martini. In order to make a dry martini, you just have to wash the insides of your glass with vermouth. Dry martini tastes bitter and not overly sweet, unlike the other martini versions we have below. 

How to Make a Martini?

1. Vodka Martini

One of the easiest martinis you can make today is the classic vodka martini. It simply won’t cost you a lot of money because there are just 3 ingredients used in this drink namely vodka, vermouth, and your choice of garnish. However, there is a need for you to find a brand of vodka and vermouth that are made of high-quality ingredients. Of course, there are only two mixtures so how each ingredient tastes will surely highlight the savoriness of the entire vodka martini. Yes! There is no need for you to buy the cheap ones if you are aiming for a delicious martini drink. With just the first sip, you won’t think twice about sharing this martini recipe with your family and friends.

vodka martini

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces vodka
  • 1 tbsp dry vermouth
  • Olive or lemon peel (for garnish)
  • Ice cubes

There are two ways to make a vodka martini. Figure out which one works best for you.

Directions

  1. Use a cocktail shaker to mix the ingredients such as vodka and dry vermouth for 10-15 seconds.
  2. Add the ice cubes and shake again until cold.
  3. In a copper mug, pour another set of ice cubes and strain the mixture from the cocktail shaker.
  4. Garnish with an olive on a toothpick or lemon peel to serve.
  1. Use a mixing glass to mix the ingredients such as vodka and dry vermouth. Stir until well-chilled.
  2. Add the ice cubes.
  3. Strain the mixture into a copper mug.
  4. Garnish with an olive on a toothpick or lemon peel to serve.

2. Chocolate Martini

Love to have some chocolate drink for the holiday? What about the holiday? If the answer is yes, try this chocolate martini right for you. It can be a replacement for dessert during dinner or any party meant for people who have a sweet tooth for their cocktails. This recipe is very easy to make because it uses the same ingredients with chocolate as an additional ingredient. It doesn’t taste much alcohol because the delicious taste of chocolate will overpower other ingredients. 

It’s time to try something unique for your manhattan recipe, most especially if you’re sharing it with your girlfriends who are more engrossed in sweet-flavored drinks like chocolate. You can even skip your recipe for dessert if you know how to make chocolate martini in the comfort of your home.  

Chocolate Martini

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Use a cocktail shaker to mix the ingredients such as vodka, chocolate liqueur, and creme de cacao for 10-15 seconds.
  2. Add the ice cubes and shake again until cold.
  3. In a copper mug, pour another set of ice cubes and strain the mixture from the cocktail shaker.
  4. Garnish with a chocolate candy to serve.

3. Dirty Martini

We have already discussed above the qualities of a dirty martini and this cocktail never goes out of the list of everyone’s favorite martinis. Since it is one of the most popular drinks that is known for its saltiness, it is no longer a question if you have tasted this one or not. The real question is that, do you know the ingredients and procedures in making dirty martini? We made sure to include everything you need for this martini recipe to be successfully pulled off all by yourself. 

Dirty Martini

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces vodka
  • ½ ounce dry vermouth
  • ½ ounces Boscoli olive juice or olive brine
  • Ice cubes
  • Olive (for garnish)

Directions

  1. Use a cocktail shaker to mix the ingredients such as vodka, olive juice, or brine and dry vermouth for 10-15 seconds.
  2. Add the ice cubes and shake again until cold.
  3. In a copper mug, pour another set of ice cubes and strain the mixture from the cocktail shaker.
  4. Garnish with an olive on a toothpick to serve.

4. Dry Martini Recipe

It is also stated above that a dry martini means less vermouth in your ingredients. In fact, you have a choice whether you want a little amount of vermouth or none at all. The first thing that you will notice is the use of gin instead of vodka which makes this recipe even more classic. This is the type of drink that is extremely dry and it would become tasteless if the beverage use is vodka, unlike gin that has distinct flavors of pine. If you want to try this now, you simply have to follow the dry martini recipe we have prepared below. 

Dirty Martini

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces gin
  • ½ ounce dry vermouth
  • Ice cubes
  • Olive or lemon twist (for garnish)

Directions

  1. Use a cocktail shaker to mix the ingredients such as gin and dry vermouth for 10-15 seconds.
  2. Add the ice cubes and shake again until cold.
  3. In a copper mug, pour another set of ice cubes and strain the mixture from the cocktail shaker.
  4. Garnish with an olive on a toothpick or lemon twist to serve.

Note: If you like to experience the extra dry martini, you just have to add 1 drop of vermouth instead of ½ ounce.

5. Espresso Martini

If you are a coffee lover, you probably would want to try the espresso martini. This goes well for people who want their drink foamy and with the lingering taste of cream. It has been introduced to the public since the 1980s and was able to maintain its rank because people love how their espresso martini taste for every post-dinner date. The espresso martini is also best if you’re having a long night with your family and friends. In this way, you will stay awake with the same energy you get for your morning coffee. 

The first thing that you have to remember when making this is to make sure that you shake the ingredients well so that they create a foam. This can be easily done if you have an espresso machine, but if you don’t have any, you can just follow the instructions we have below. 

 Espresso Martini

Ingredients

In making the simple syrup, set to medium heat, and combine the sugar and the water in a saucepan. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Let it cool before using the mixture for the next steps.

Directions

  1. Use a cocktail shaker to mix the ingredients such as vodka, coffee liqueur, brewed espresso, and simple syrup for 10-15 seconds.
  2. Add the ice cubes and shake again until cold and frothy.
  3. In a copper mug, pour another set of ice cubes and strain the mixture from the cocktail shaker.
  4. Garnish with 3 coffee beans to serve.

6. Blue Martini

When going on a summer beach vacation, the first thing you would notice to the drinks offered to you is that it has a blue color. The color itself speaks a lot about summer that’s why a lot of people are captivated and very interested in drinking it. Well, that experience is totally possible even at the comfort of your own home with your blue martini. The whole process is very easy to mix as long as you have all the ingredients ready. 

The reason why this martini is colored blue is that the curaçao is a dark-colored liqueur. Some cocktail enthusiasts believe that a drink with some colors will make a hit over the ones that are colorless. It is not just about the color why the curaçao is added to blue martini but also because of its sweet orange taste. In this way, both the colors and taste are extra-refreshing for your blue martini cocktail.

There are two recipes for your blue martini, it can be done with elderflower liquor or with lime juice. Simply choose the ingredients that you like best for your cocktail drink. 

Blue Martini

Ingredients (1)

Directions (1)

  1. Use a cocktail shaker to mix the ingredients such as vodka, blue curaçao, elderflower liquor,  and simple syrup for 10-15 seconds.
  2. Add the ice cubes and shake again until cold.
  3. In a copper mug, pour another set of ice cubes and strain the mixture from the cocktail shaker.
  4. Garnish with 3  maraschino cherries to serve.

Ingredients (2)

In making fresh lime juice, you will need to cut the lime into two and use a squeezer to get the juice out of the lime. Add a small amount of sugar, salt, and water and stir until the added ingredients dissolve.  

Directions (2)

  1. Use a cocktail shaker to mix the ingredients such as vodka, blue curaçao, cranberry juice, lime juice, and simple syrup for 10-15 seconds.
  2. Add the ice cubes and shake again until cold.
  3. In a copper mug, pour another set of ice cubes and strain the mixture from the cocktail shaker.
  4. Garnish with 3  lime wedges to serve.

7. French Martini

If you are the type of person that likes to taste the fruity flavors in your martini, then french martini is for you. It has been the most popular cocktail when it comes to finding the perfect sweet cocktail drinks. It was first introduced to the public in 1996 at Balthazar New York and remains an in-demand martini up until the present. The only difference it has with other martinis is the use of Chambord liqueur that is never absent in everyone’s modern bar. The Chambord is what makes french martini fruity because it contains black raspberry. When mixed in your martini, you can be sure that it creates a wonderful color too, knowing that Chambord has a deep purple color. 

It’s not only Chambord that is included in these ingredients but also the pineapple juice to make this french martini savory. It’s like a refreshing juice drink that gives a creamy mouthfeel worth sharing with everybody. 

French Martini

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Use a cocktail shaker to mix the ingredients such as vodka, Chambord liqueur, and pineapple juice for 10-15 seconds.
  2. Add the ice cubes and shake again until cold.
  3. In a copper mug, pour another set of ice cubes and strain the mixture from the cocktail shaker.
  4. Garnish with pineapple wedges to serve.

8. Pornstar Martini

The first thing that you can notice in this martini is its name. The word “pornstar” seems scandalous for many that is why there were a lot of false stories about its creation. No matter how scandalous the name is, the pornstar martini’s taste is more than that. It became the leading cocktail in the United Kingdom in the early 2000s because of its savory taste. The ingredients that make this martini even more delicious are the vodka that is vanilla flavored, the passion fruit, and the sparkling wine. 

The use of passion fruit creates yellow color for this pornstar martini. Since passion fruit has a sweet and tart flavor, it mixes well with vanilla. However, the wine will not be mixed with the ingredients, it is poured into another copper mug for alternate sips. The wine will give balance to the sweet flavors knowing that it tastes dry and bitter. 

 Pornstar Martini

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces Absolut vanilla vodka
  • 2 ounces sparkling wine
  • 1 ½ ounce passion fruit puree
  • 1/2 ounce passion fruit liqueur
  • 1 tbsp vanilla sugar
  • Ice cubes
  • Passion fruit (for garnish)

Directions 

  1. To make a passion fruit puree, scoop the flesh and the seeds into a blender. Add 2 cups of water and blend it together for 20 seconds or until smooth. 
  2. Use a cocktail shaker to mix the ingredients such as vanilla vodka, sparkling wine, passion fruit puree, and passion fruit liqueur for 10-15 seconds.
  3. Add the ice cubes and shake again until cold.
  4. In a copper mug, pour another set of ice cubes and strain the mixture from the cocktail shaker.
  5. Garnish with passion fruit.
  6. To serve, pour the sparkling wine into a small glass on the side.

9. Pink Martini

Aside from the blue martini, there is also a colored martini that you can try now. This one goes well with the girls since the color of this classic martini is pink. So, whether you are going out with the girls to a summer getaway or a simple party at home, everyone would surely want to taste this drink.  It has a pink color because of the combined colors of grapefruit juice and pomegranate. Unlike other cocktails, the pink martini is not overly sweet. So, if you’re one of those few people who disliked sweet cocktails, this drink will bring you so much fun and delicious taste. 

The addition of pomegranate juice will make this martini extra refreshing. Knowing that it has a tart flavor with a little bit of sweetness, no one can ever argue about the importance of how well the flavors complement each other. Before you can drink one, make sure you have access to the given ingredients and procedures presented below. 

pink martini

Ingredients

If you don’t have plans to buy ready-made juice, you can make them at home too. 

  • For grapefruit juice, cut it into two, squeeze the grapefruit to release the juice while holding down the seeds using a fork. Prepare a deep bowl as your pour the juice out of the grapefruit.
  • For lime juice, you just have to cut the lime into two. Then squeeze the juice out into a pitcher. 
  • For pomegranate juice, cut it into two, squeeze the pomegranate to release the juice while holding down the seeds using a fork. Prepare a deep bowl as your pour the juice out of the pomegranate.

Directions

  1. Set a pan over medium heat, pour the sugar and water. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Use a cocktail shaker to mix the ingredients such as vodka, grapefruit juice, pomegranate juice, simple syrup, and lime juice for 10-15 seconds.
  3. Add the ice cubes and shake again until cold.
  4. In a copper mug, pour another set of ice cubes and strain the mixture from the cocktail shaker.
  5. Garnish with lime wedges to serve.

10. Gin Martini

This is one of the martini recipes that are very easy to make. By just replacing vodka with gin and maintaining the other ingredients, you can right away pull off this recipe. Some people prefer the use of gin instead of vodka because gin has herbal notes with great aromas meant for the best drinking session with family and friends. So, if you are the type of person that likes botanical flavors in your cocktails, this gin martini is for you. 

On the other hand, the classic vodka tastes more like the modern cocktails that are offered in bars. It is way smoother than gin martini. You can either choose the dry or wet gin, when we say dry gin it means that the gin is not sweetened while wet is sweetened with artificial flavors. If you are still confused about whether you make this gin martini or not, there’s no harm in trying most especially if the ingredients can be found easily in your kitchen cabinet. 

gin martini

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces gin
  • ½ ounce dry vermouth
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon wedges or twist (for garnish)

Directions

  1. Use a cocktail shaker to mix the ingredients such as gin and dry vermouth for 10-15 seconds.
  2. Add the ice cubes and shake again until cold.
  3. In a copper mug, pour another set of ice cubes and strain the mixture from the cocktail shaker.
  4. Garnish with lemon wedges or twist to serve.

11. Apple Martini

Another fruit martini that you can make at home today is the appletini or better known as apple martini. If you are a cocktail enthusiast, you probably have ordered this drink in your favorite local bars before. Knowing that it only uses four to five ingredients, the apple martini recipe is very easy to make. The good thing about apples is that they have balanced flavors of sweet and sour which is best when mixed with vodka. 

In order to get the true apple flavor, you have to use either apple liqueur, apple schnapps, apple cider, or juice. If you like your apple martini to be sour, some would use green apples. Choose the one that you can easily access today or the one that fits your taste. A touch of lemon soda would help balance the flavors too. 

Apple Martini

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Use a cocktail shaker to mix the ingredients such as vodka, apple schnapps, apple juice, and lemon soda for 10-15 seconds.
  2. Add the ice cubes and shake again until cold.
  3. In a copper mug, pour another set of ice cubes and strain the mixture from the cocktail shaker.
  4. Garnish with an apple slice to serve.

12. Vesper Martini

If you’re a big fan of James Bond books, you are probably familiar with the vesper martini. At first, it was just a fictional drink until it becomes a fine cocktail with ingredients that combined both gin and vodka plus the Lillet Blanc. The Lillet Blanc cocktail has balanced flavors of sweetness and acidity because of its honey and lime ingredients. The original liqueur used for vesper martini is the Kina Lillet, however, it is no longer available today and the best alternative to this is the Lillet Blanc. 

This vesper martini is also best for people who want to taste the crisp white wine in their cocktails. If you are one of these people, simply follow the recipe we have listed below. 

vesper martini

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • ½ ounce Lillet Blanc
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon twist (for garnish)

Directions

  1. Use a cocktail shaker to mix the ingredients such as vodka, gin, and Lillet Blanc for 10-15 seconds.
  2. Add the ice cubes and shake again until cold.
  3. In a copper mug, pour another set of ice cubes and strain the mixture from the cocktail shaker.
  4. Garnish with a lemon twist to serve.

Conclusion

The best martinis are said to be served in a martini glass. It can surely give a classy look to your martini drinks. However, if you are not just after its look but as well as the quality taste and other benefits it can give to you and your guest, you better use copper mugs. Yes! Copper is a good thermal conductor that can help retain the temperature of a drink. And with just a small amount of crushed ice, you can be sure that your martini will remain cool and fresh. 

Moreover, the use of copper mugs has a lot of health benefits including anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, ensuring that all the drink you consumed is not contaminated, especially during this pandemic. Check here the complete health benefits of using copper mugs

If you still don’t have your own copper mugs, we have found the best seller of 100% pure copper mugs on Amazon. It comes with accessories like the copper straw, wooden coasters, and copper jigger that are sold individually in other stores!

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