Martinis are a classic alcoholic treat that manage to exude both class and fun with the many different ways they can be made. With today happening to be National Martini Day, it is also the perfect day to enjoy a delicious drink, and thankfully, there are several great recipes to choose from when it comes to deciding what to make.
Here are 12 amazing recipes to try in honor of National Martini Day:
Apple Martini: Fill a shaker ¾ full with ice. Add 2 ounces vodka, 1.5 ounces sour apple liquer, and 1.5 teaspoons lemon juice. Cover and shake for 10-15 seconds and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Cuervo Especial Pomegranate Margarita Martini: Combine 1.5 ounces Jose Cuervo Especial, 3 oz. Jose Cuervo Lime Margarita Mix, and 2 oz. Pomegranate juice into a cocktail shaker filled halfway with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with a lemon or lime wheel, rip the edge of the glass with salt.
Dirty Martini: Shake 2.5 shots of Gin, 0.5 shot of cocktail olive brine, and 1/8 shot of extra-dry Vermouth with ice in cocktail shaker. Strain and serve chilled.
Espresso Martini: Combine 1 part Kahlúa, 2 parts Absolut Vodka, and 1 part Espresso (additional ingredient of simple syrup optional). Shake ingredients together with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.
Food Dude’s Cucumber Lemonade Martini: Get this famous recipe with ½ oz. Fresh mint-infused simple syrup, 2 oz. Reasonable quality vodka, 8 thin slices cucumber and fresh squeezed lemonade.
French Martini: Pour 1.5 ounces vodka, 0.25 ounces Chambord raspberry liqueur, 0.25 ounces fresh pineapple juice and 1 twist of lemon peel into a tall bar glass, shake with ice, and pour into a cocktail or martini glass.
Godiva Chocolate Martini: Shake 1.5 ounces Godiva chocolate liqueur and 0.75 ounces Cîroc vodka with ice and strain into a martini glass.
Key Lime Pie Martini: Rub a lime wedge around the edge of a martini glass and roll the edge in graham cracker crumbs. Chill the glass for 30 minutes or until ready to serve. Combine 3 ounces vanilla vodka, 2 ounces key lime liqueur, 2 tablespoons pineapple juice, and 2 tablespoons heavy cream in a shaker. Fill halfway with ice, and shake. Pour into the prepared glass and granish with a lime wedge.
Lemon Drop Martini: Combine 2 parts Absolut vodka, 2 parts Absolut Citron, 3 parts Lemon Juice, 1 part Simple Syrup, 1 part Triple Sec and 1 Lemon Peel. Fill a shaker with ice cubes. Add all ingredients. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon.
Ritz-Carlton Peach-Pomegranate Martini: This recipe includes pomegranate vodka, peach schnapps, orange juice, lemon juice and cinnamon sugar.
Smirnoff White Grape Cosmo: Combine 1.5 oz Smirnoff Grape vodka, 0.25 oz triple sec, 2 oz cranberry juice, 1 oz lemon-lime soda, and 1 squeeze lemon wedge in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake, strain and serve in a martini glass.
S’mores Martini: Get the full recipe, which involves vanilla vodka, cinnamon sticks, marshmallow cream, graham cracker crumbs, cocoa powder, Drambuie, chocolate liqueur, chocolate bitters, heavy cream, honey and toasted marshmallow, here.