10th Feb2012

Popular Martini Recipes

by David Edessa
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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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David Edessa

David Edessa

David Edessa spent over twenty years managing night clubs, bars, cafes, restaurants, and after hour clubs. He has traveled and operated in major markets like Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Las Vegas, playing a major role in launching and managing restaurants. David has served as a consultant for California fine dining restaurants as well as for premier entertainment venues in Orange County, California. David has a knack for selecting the perfect taste and flavor combinations for both food and drink. He honed his skills on the culinary aspect of mixology and recipes development, with an understanding and appreciation of the liquors, beers, and wines of the world.
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