17 Elegant Martini Recipes to Bring Out Your Inner 007
A simple martini might just be the ultimate retro cocktail. Shaken OR stirred, it's hard to match the martini when it comes to classic, sophisticated drinks. Martinis rose to fame in the 1920s, and have maintained their popularity over the last 100 years. The original martini recipe calls for a mixture of gin and vermouth, but James Bond preferred vodka martinis--and modern dessert 'tinis often bear little resemblance to the original drink in anything but their glassware. Embrace your inner Mad Man (or Mad Woman) with everything from the Classic Gin Martini and Aged Martini to our Candy Cane Martini and Gingerbread Martini (and everything in between).
Classic Gin Martini
Shaken or stirred? Vodka or gin? We see merits in both methods of chilling and believe each person must make the vodka-or-gin decision on his or her own. A shaken cocktail will be a bit cloudier and is likely to get colder faster; a stirred cocktail will maintain its crystal-clear complexion free of foam and bits of ice.
Gibson Martini with Pickled Pearl Onions
German Chocolate Martini
Frosty Lemon Martini
Tamarind, a common ingredient in Indian, Thai, and Mexican cuisines, adds an acidic, slightly tart flavor to food. The pulp is sold in cakes at ethnic markets and some large supermarkets. Use a fork or your hands to break up the paste and separate it from the seeds before straining. If you make these martinis ahead, be sure to shake the drink in a martini shaker or stir it with the crushed ice just before serving.
Chocolate Cream Martini
Candy Cane Martini
Blood Orange Martinis
Godiva Chocolate Martini
Sweet Basil Martini with Blue Cheese Tomatoes
Gingerbread Eggnog Martini
This sweet, cocktail-inspired take on eggnog highlights traditional spiked eggnog's flavor, all while adding hints of ginger and not being too thick. Choose whichever brand or variation of eggnog works for your crowd. You can make these ahead of time as well, and then rim the glasses and store them in the freezer or fridge. Stir together eggnog, vodka, and ginger liqueur in a pitcher and store until it's time to serve. Then, stir again before serving.
A sweet (but not cloying) precursor to the martini, this cocktail dates back to the 1880s. At Alfred's Steakhouse in San Francisco, the bar manager, Aaron Paul, scales up the booze and chills it ahead of time, so it's simpler to serve a crowd. For just 1 cocktail, use 2 oz. gin, 3/4 oz. vermouth, 1/4 oz. maraschino, and 2 dashes bitters.