The Martini… That classic gin (or vodka!) and vermouth cocktail garnished with olives or a lemon twist we know too well from the famous 007 spy, James Bond, it’s celebrated this weekend on June 19th. (It’s also Father’s Day! So maybe treat dad to one?) Throughout the years, we’ve seen the well-known cocktail change and inspire a variety of other martini-like cocktails like the Cosmopolitan, Appletini and Chocolate Martini. If you are anything like me, you are one of the first in line when it comes to trying anything and everything that ends in -tini. For that reason, I’ve collected several cocktail recipes for you to celebrate Martini Day in style.
Mexican Chocolate Martini
Add some spice (and a twist!) by using spicy tequila instead of vodka in this sweet classic. Want a professional to make it for you instead? You can order this creation by Kourtney Wenke at Buta Pub in Rochester, NY. The recipe also calls for cinnamon syrup, and if you are a cinnamon fan, you can also try my very own recipe for a Cinna Chocolate Martini!
1 oz Soltado Spicy Añejo Tequila
1/2 oz Cointreau
1 oz chocolate syrup
1/2 oz heavy cream
1/2 oz cinnamon syrup
cocoa powder garnish
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake for 1 minute, strain into a martini glass, drizzled with chocolate syrup. Garnish.
Prefer something fruity and pretty (and filled with Vitamin C)? Treat yourself to a Pomegranate flavored martini. For a floral, but as sweet and pretty cocktail, pour yourself a Hibiscus Cosmopolitan.
1 oz Ketel One Citroen Flavored Vodka
0.75 oz pomegranate liqueur
0.5 oz fresh lemon sour
0.25 oz pomegranate juice
1 piece orange twist
Shake with ice in a cocktail shaker. Serve straight up in a martini glass. Garnish with an orange twist.
The Original Martini
This time-honored cocktail was invented by Martini di Arma di Taggia, John D. Rockefeller’s favorite bartender, at The Knickerbocker Hotel in 1912. The classic is the perfect way to celebrate Martini Day paying homage to the concoction that started it all. Craving more cocktail recipes? Check out this Father’s Day cocktail round up with even more potions to enjoy.
2 oz. Tanqueray 10 Gin
¾ oz. Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth
¼ oz. Noilly Prat Sweet Vermouth
2 dashes citrus bitters
2 dashes orange bitters
Pour all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Stir with a cocktail spoon and strain into Martini glass.
Are you a fan of Martinis? Which one of these recipes are you planning on making to celebrate Martini Day this weekend?