10th Feb2012


Popular Martini Recipes

by Dinah Wulf

Written By: David Edessa

The Martini: The Good, the Bad, and Ugly!

Traditionally, a martini is gin up and dry vermouth served in a martini glass with olives or lemon twist.

The industry definition of a Martini is an alcoholic beverage without ice served in a cocktail glass most often the ingredients are added to a cocktail shaker with ice, shaken or stirred…. then the ice cold liquid is strained into a cocktail glass. What a boring definition and not fun at all!!!

Martini Recipes today are more diverse than the Gin Martini or Vodka that once dominated the Cocktail scene. Today’s Martini Recipes tend to use more flavors, by adding sweet liqueurs like Chambord, Apple Pucker, Peach schnapps and many others. Also with the birth of chef bartenders and molecular mixology… fresh and dry herbs, flavored vinegars, juices and mixers have helped to create an endless list of Martinis.

Enough with the definition of what a martini may or may not be… These drinks ARE meant to be enjoyed.

Here is what I consider the most popular martini recipes.

Apple Martini

  • 1.5 oz. Vodka (I prefer a Citron)
  • 1.5 oz. Apple Schnapps (Pucker is favorite apple brand)
  • Garnish with a slice of apple

Shake and strain into a cocktail glass The Apple Martini also called the Apple-tini is a sour apple flavored Martini. This cocktail is very easy to mix. It is just vodka and Apple schnapps.

Cosmopolitan Martini

  • 2 oz. Vodka (I prefer Citron vodka)
  • 1 oz. Triple Sec
  • 1 fresh lime squeeze
  • 1/2 oz. Cranberry Juice
  • Garnish with a lime wheel

Shake and strain into a cocktail glass. The color should be a lite pink. For fun I’ve used tangerine or mandarin vodka….. It gives it a bit of a twist.

Lemon Drop Martini

  • 2 oz. Citron Vodka
  • 1 oz. Triple Sec
  • 1/2 oz. of Sweet & Sour Mix
  • Rim glass with powdered sugar.

Mix ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a sugar coated lemon wedge. Also, for a twist I recommend using a Mandarin or Orange vodka.

Photo Sources: Polka Dot Bride, Noche Latina, Foodies Unite

 

 

 

 

 

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Dinah has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. She is a Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, a Blogger at Earth911 and GMC Trade Secrets, and a member of Martha’s Circle. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable, Parenting.com, and Circle of Moms as a Most Creative Blog. Dinah was featured on Linqia’s Community Spotlight, as an influential community leader.

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