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Favorite Martini Recipes

Updated on March 12, 2011

Are you a fan of martinis? For a long time, I thought that martinis were out of the question for me simply because I don't care for olives. Wow, was I wrong. Martinis are a great choice for those who love sweet, fruity cocktails as well as savory adult beverages. There are so many different types of martinis that just about anyone can enjoy these tasty cocktails.

Savory Martini Options

If you do enjoy olives, you'll likely enjoy a savory gin or vodka martini. The basic building blocks of these types of martinis are gin or vodka, vermouth, and olives. Simply add one teaspoon of vermouth to your favorite brand of gin or vodka, place in a cocktail shaker with ice, mix well, strain into a martini glass and top with an olive or two to create the most basic variety of gin or vodka martini.

You can use the basic recipe for savory martinis to create custom concoctions specific to your tastes. Consider pouring in a little olive juice to create a dirty martini. If you're a true olive connoisseur, consider using gourmet olives stuffed with bleu cheese rather than the traditional pimiento stuffed variety. Maybe even add a few cocktail onions to the mix.

Sweet Martini Cocktails

Sweet martinis start with vodka or gin and contain additional liqueurs, fruits, and other flavoring agents in virtually limitless combinations. When it comes to making sweet martini cocktails, you're truly limited only by your imagination and flavor preferences. Start with two ounces of vodka or gin over ice in a cocktail shaker and add in delicious flavoring agents to create the beverage of your choice.

Consider stirring in the following add-ins or come up with your own concoctions. Remember to strain your beverage into a chilled martini glass prior to serving. You may even want to dip the rim of your glass into sugar crystals prior to filling for an extra touch of sweetness.

Apple Martini – Add two ounces of apple liqueur and two ounces of tart apple juice to the cocktail shaker.

Chocolate Martini – Add two ounces of Godiva chocolate liqueur to the cocktail shaker. Consider garnishing the finished beverage with shavings of quality dark chocolate.

Citrus Martini – Add three ounces of cranberry juice and half a shot glass of orange liqueur to the cocktail shaker. Garnish the completed beverage with a slice or two of orange.

Pomegranate Martini – Add four ounces of pomegranate juice and a full shot glass of orange liqueur to the cocktail shaker.


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    Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

    Sounds delicious, just on time for the "aperitif"