The martini is not just a drink—it is a bartending mystery. Martinis are back in vogue, and they are delicious, glamorous, and even slightly decadent. Whether you want to throw a great party or spice up an ordinary evening with a special drink, a cool martini will provide all the inspiration you need. The mere mention of this drink conjures up images of a Hollywood party with long satin gloves and a wide-brimmed hat sipping a martini in a blue-lit nightclub.


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Put a martini into the hands of a celebrity or movie star, and you witness the iconic trappings of an aristocrat. Culturally speaking, the martini has always been more than just a drink—it is an idea, a statement, and to some, a lifestyle. It is an attitude that is both sexy and sophisticated. Back in the day, if you were drinking martinis, you had either arrived or were well on your way to where you meant to be. They signaled the crust of the upper class.


Martini Recipe Glasses and Tools

Stock your martini bar like a pro. With the right tools at hand, you’ll be ready for anything and any drink order! Keep on hand plenty of martini glasses, at least two cocktail shakers, a Hawthorne strainer, lint-free bar towels, an ice bucket with tongs, and toothpicks; these are among the minimum requirements for making a truly successful martini party. When you are mixing a martini, remember that presentation is vital, and that goes for your bar as well as your finished products.

Your martini shaker should be a classic eighteen-ounce stainless steel martini shaker; there’s no need to get fancy here, unless you truly desire to do so.

When it comes to martini glasses, there is a great selection to choose from, ranging from plain and everyday to handmade and collectable. The shape of martini glasses conjures up the soft illusion of sea and waves. Their elegant style highlights your dinner table and formal gathering.

Here are some classic martini recipe glass styles:

  • Color Splash—handmade around the world.
  • Gold—for sipping your martini in style; it is balanced perfectly by a 24-carat gold-plated stem.
  • Platinum—perfectly balanced with a platinum-plated stem.
  • Spiral—sports a colored glass strand that spirals down the stem, usually in green, yellow, red, or blue.
  • Colorful Ball—features a splash of color shooting up from the base of the bowl.
  • Hand Painted—truly original!

A martini served in the proper glass tastes immeasurably better than the same liquid served in, say, a champagne flute. These days just about anything can be a passable martini, but few drinks can stand out as true bearers of the name.


Martini Recipes: Selecting the Precise Gin

Gin’s name comes from “genievre,” a word that is French for juniper. Gin is a white spirit flavored with juniper berries, usually along with other botanicals like lemon, coriander, angelica, licorice root, bitter almond, and orange peel. Each distiller guards the secret of his or her own botanicals, since they are the only characteristic distinguishing one brand from another.

With gins, two elements come into play: the smoothness (the lack of alcoholic bite) and how pronounced the aromatics are. Premium gins will all be smooth, but they will vary wildly on aromatics—from heavy juniper to lighter, almost floral, combinations. Which brand would be the best for you and yours?

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Outlandish Martini Finishing Touches

The recent upsurge of new martini recipes has brought about the necessary invention of all sorts of innovative garnishes. Baby carrots, marinated green beans, asparagus spears, jalapeños, fresh fruits, and even candy are adorning our old standby drinks with new flavors and attitudes. You can add tiny tomatoes in place of olives now, or you can choose from blue cheese-, garlic-, almond-, or jalapeño-stuffed olives to add zing to your martini.

Dry martinis are served with a lemon twist. It is imperative that the twist is rubbed around the glass by the rind side (where the oil is located) and then twisted into the drink to extract the full flavor of the lemon. There are two basic camps of martini drinkers: one takes the side of the green olive, the other a slice of lemon peel. A tiny minority prefers a pickled onion to top off their drink; this makes the beverage not a martini, but a Gibson.

An olive injector is a fun tool to keep on hand. It’s the best way to make blue cheese-stuffed olives—simply fill an olive injector with crumbled blue cheese and squeeze it into a pitted olive.

For a truly luxurious touch, purchase some edible gold flakes. Serve your guest a golden martini that will surprise even the most sophisticated. After pouring your drink, gently sprinkle some gold flakes onto the surface; they will float on top of liquid and add shimmer to the surface. The internet has many places you can purchase the edible gold flakes, and the simple process of adding this elegant touch to a martini, glass of champagne, or dessert will create an exquisite and memorable dining experience.

Lollipops also make great final touches. There are 24kt gold lollipops, which have real gold embedded inside, if you want to make your guest feel like they’re at a Hollywood party. Or, for a spicy twist, try a lollipop with a chili pepper inside.

Martini Recipes

  1. Hollywood Golden Martini
  2. White Satin Godiva Chocolate Martini
  3. Sinful Choco Ganache Martini
  4. Twisted Sisters Blue Martini
  5. Enticing Sour Apple Martini
  6. Starlets Cosmo Virgin Martini

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Hollywood Golden Martini

Yields two servings.
Hollywood has been a huge influence on how we learned to behave when falling in love, standing up for our beliefs, defending our families, and seeking a better life. Its influence has caused many of us to accept its guiding hand in countless ways of which we are largely unaware.

    • 1 bottle DRY GIN
    • 1 hand blown GLASS PITCHER
    • 2 hand blown MARTINI GLASSES
    • 1 bowl HARD ICE, clear
    • 2 medium FRESH LEMON TWISTS
    • 1 pinch GOLD FLAKES 23K

Fill the martini glasses with ice water. Wait five minutes while the martini glasses are chilled—this is a great time to converse with your guests. Drain the martini glasses. Next, fill the glass pitcher with the clear, hard ice and pour the gin into the pitcher. It must be carefully poured along the sides of the pitcher so that the crashing motion onto the ice cubes does not bruise the gin. Pour the Noilly Pratt on top of the ice. Be sure to maintain the required ½ parts gin to 1 part vermouth ratio.

Let the drink cool down by slowly stirring it clockwise. Each full turn of the pitcher’s contents should take two and a half seconds, precisely. Watch the ice in the pitcher carefully, and when it looks like it is beginning to melt, stop stirring. Take a large strainer and pour the drink slowly into the chilled martini glasses. Add a lemon twist and gently sprinkle some gold flakes onto the surface. Serve and toast—now you’re a star, too!

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  2. Cools drink with crushed ice
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White Satin Godiva Chocolate Martini

Yields two servings.
This beverage is a visual masterpiece. The contrast between the bittersweet chocolate rim and the white chocolate drink makes it come alive with passion and excitement. Godiva Liqueur is a chocolate liqueur available in white or dark chocolate, and is 17 percent alcohol by volume.

  • 2 small STRAWBERRIES
  • ⅔ jigger CRÈME DE CACAO
  • ⅓ jigger CRÈME DE BANANA
  • 1-⅓ jiggers STOLI VODKA

Chill two martini glasses in the freezer. Dip the rim of each martini glass one third of the way into the maraschino cherry juice. Shake off the excess and gently dip them into the cocoa powder. Turn the glasses slowly until you have a little over half the rim covered with chocolate.

Place a strawberry on the rim of each glass. In a stainless steel shaker, combine the white chocolate liqueur, crème de cacao, crème de banana, and vodka. Add ice cubes and shake vigorously. Strain into the prepared martini glass.

Sinful Choco Ganache Martini

Yields two servings.
The tremendous wealth and power of this city, along with its monumental size and formidable appearance, were certainly considered nothing more than a myth—that is, until its foundations were unearthed and its riches substantiated during the nineteenth century. You can find delicate chocolate ganache—a sweet enhanced with refreshing, zesty flavors, embraced by luscious milk chocolate—at specialty stores.

  • 2 jiggers VODKA (stoli vanilla!)

Chill two martini glasses in the freezer. Dip about half of the rim of the martini glasses into maraschino cherry juice. Shake off the excess and gently dip them into the cocoa powder. Turn the glasses slowly until a little over half of the martini glass rims are covered with chocolate. Place a chocolate ganache point up in the bottom of each glass.

Using a stainless steel martini shaker, add together the vodka and white crème de cacao, and then shake with ice cubes. Serve in the martini glasses, and at the end, enjoy the sweet flavor of the chocolate ganache.

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Twisted Sisters Blue Martini

Yields two servings.
Enemies of God, the Twisted Sisters have been widely acclaimed and have influenced witch hunting all over Europe. To twist something is to alter or distort the mental, moral, or emotional character of that thing, and this martini will do that to you and your guest. Blue Curacao is a sweet blue liqueur, distilled from the dried peel of bitter oranges; it is a liqueur made from white Curacao and blue coloring.

  • ⅔ jigger GIN or VODKA
  • ⅔ jigger DRY VERMOUTH
  • 1 plash BLUE CURACAO
  • 2 splashs FRESH LEMON JUICE, strained
  • 2 medium LEMON TWISTS, for garnish

Chill two martini glasses in the freezer. Using a stainless steel martini shaker, shake together all the ingredients except lemon twists, along with ice cubes. Strain into two chilled martini glasses and embellish with the lemon twists.

Enticing Sour Apple Martini

Yields two servings.
This cocktail has quite a kick and is addictively delicious. A very suave and fun martini.

  • 4 jiggers VODKA
  • 4 jiggers LEMONADE
  • 4 jiggers SPRITE
  • CINNAMON and SUGAR for rimming glass

Chill two martini glasses in the freezer. Using a stainless steel martini shaker filled with ice, combine the vodka, schnapps, lemonade and lemon-lime soda. Cover and shake vigorously.

Dip the rim edge of the martini glasses in a shallow dish of water, then in a shallow dish of a mixture of equal parts sugar and cinnamon. Strain the drink mix into the prepared glasses and serve.

Starlets Cosmo Virgin Martini

Yields two servings.
This non alcoholic martini is delicious, quite refreshing and a pleasure to serve. Now younger guests can be starlets too!

  • 4 jiggers ORANGE JUICE
  • 2 jiggers TANGERINE JUICE
  • 2 thin ORANGE SLICES
  • 1 medium LIME, cut in half
  • 2 jiggers CRANBERRY JUICE
  • 3 dashes VANILLA EXTRACT
  • 2 jiggers SELTZER WATER

Add all of the juices and the vanilla extract to a shaker half-full of cracked ice. Shake for a full minute. Squeeze in the juice of the lime and swirl the shaker ten times. Strain into two frozen large martini glasses. Top each glass with an orange slice and one orange twist.

Slowly pour one tablespoon of seltzer into each glass to top off the drink.

“Why don’t you slip out of those wet clothes and into a dry martini?” – Robert Benchley
“I am prepared to believe that a dry martini slightly impairs the palate, but think what it does for the soul.” – Alec Waugh

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