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Welcome to the Martini Recipe Guide

We dedicate a page to the martini recipes because it’s such a classic cocktail. It is after all James Bond’s drink of choice

Sweet martini garnished with a cocktail cherry

Shaken or stirred? Gin or vodka? Equal parts or not? There are probably as many martini recipes as there are bartenders (and secret agents).

One thing is certain though – Martini’s are not for the faint-hearted. Don’t overdo it with this one, or you might never have the desire to have Martini again.

Below are the most classic and popular martini recipes we could lay our hands on. Martini’s are easy and straight-forward to make and so a great choice if you are low on stock or in a hurry. An all time favourite pre-dinner drink.

Martini’s are commonly made with gin. Sometimes with vodka, like 007 prefers his martini. But you can pretty much mix anything into your martini.


BARTENDING TIP: Shaking gin gives it a cloudy texture. When mixing gin with other clear ingredient, rather stir than shake it if you want to keep the mixture clear. Visit our Cocktail Mixing Guide for an explanation of the terms used on this page.

VESPER - THE JAMES BOND MARTINI

This recipe comes from Ian Fleming’s book Casino Royale (1953).

Ingredients:
Ice cubes
3 parts Gordon’s gin (a dry gin)
1 part vodka
0.5 parts Kina Lillet (not available anymore – use dry vermouth instead and add a dash of Angosture bitters)
1 teaspoon lime juice

Glass:Champagne saucer

Preparation:Shake (not stir!) the ingredients well and strain into the glass.

Garnish:Slice of lemon peel

To read more about this cocktail on Wikipedia, click here .


DRY MARTINI*

The classic! Often drank before dinner.

Ingredients:
Ice cubes
1 part gin
1 part dry vermouth

Glass:Martini, chilled

Preparation:Stir the ingredients well and strain into the glass.

Garnish:Green olive on a cocktail stick

Hands down the most popular martini ever. At Cocktail Mixing Master we feel this one is a bit without personality. Try a few varieties: add a few drops of triple sec, or increase the portion gin.

See our Gin Cocktail Recipe Guide for cocktail called the Bronx, which is another nice variation of the dry martini.


MANGO SPICY MARTINI
This spicy Indonesian martini was submitted Byyesaya Rotinsulu

Ingredients:
Ice cubes
2 parts mango vodka
1 part mango syrup
1 part mango puree
1 part sweet and sour
1 wedged lemon
2-3 slice jalapeno per part
1tsp jalapeno juiceper part

Glass:Martini, chilled

Preparation:Muddle the lemon and jalpeno. Pour this and the other ingdredients in a shaker, shake well and strain into the glass.

Garnish:Jalapeno fruit.


VODKA MARTINI*

Also referred to as a “vodkatini”. This is a Dry Martini with vodka instead of Gin.

Ingredients:
Ice cubes
1 part vodka
1 part dry vermouth

Glass:Martini, chilled

Preparation:Stir the ingredients well and strain into the glass.

Garnish:Green olive on a cocktail stick. Alternatively, squeeze in a bit of oil from a lemon peel.


SWEET MARTINI*

As far as classic martinis go, this is a Cocktail Mixing Master favourite.

Ingredients:
Ice cubes
1 part gin
1 part sweet vermouth

Glass:Martini, chilled

Preparation:Stir the ingredients well and strain into the glass.

Garnish:Cocktail cherry on a cocktail stick


Perfect Martini

PERFECT MARTINI*

Ingredients:
Ice cubes
2 parts gin
1 part sweet vermouth
1 part red vermouth

Glass:Martini, chilled

Preparation:Stir the ingredients well and strain into the glass.

Garnish:Cocktail cherry on a cocktail stick or a lemon twist


APPLE MARTINI*

Ingredients:
Ice cubes
4 parts vodka
1.5 parts apple schnapps
1.5 parts triple sec

Glass:Martini, chilled

Preparation:Stir the ingredients well and strain into the glass.

Garnish:Slice of apple.


LYCHEE MARTINI

Ingredients:
3 parts lychee liqueur
2 parts vodka
2 parts cranberry juice
1 dash fresh lime juice
Ice cubes

Glass:Martini, chilled

Preparation: Shake the ingredients and pour into a martini glass.

Garnish: Slice of lime or a seeded fresh lychee.


There are many, less brutal, variation on the martini’s above. For example, add a dash of soda water or fruit juice, or drink your martini with ice.

Check in frequently as we update and expand the cocktail recipes often.


*Cocktails marked with a * are official cocktails of the International Bartenders Association (IBA). In some cases the recipes here do not correspond exactly with that of the IBA.

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