As iconic, authoritative and downright sophisticated as the martini is, it sure has lost its roots over the years. Even if Carrie Bradshaw did all she could to bring it back in the late ’90s and early ’00s, it seems that society just gets too dang crafty to accept anything less than, well… crafted. But we know here at ABC that this is for the good of the cocktail, and that complementing the classic gin and vermouth with vodka, Frangelico or even tequila (!) only makes this super chic sip more accessible!
We want to wish you a Happy National Martini Day with love. By love we mean six to-die-for martini recipes that should have you covered over the next six months of seasonal changes. Or try all six in one day! Just do so responsibly.
ABC mixologists have concocted the following recipes for your perusal. Make sure you choose at least two to compare and either comment below, tweet us (@abcwinecountry), post on our Facebook wall, or tag us on Instagram (@abcfinewinespirits) and tell us which one you liked the most!
1/2 oz Fragoli Wild Strawberry Liqueur
2 1/2 oz Vodka
Combine vodka with Fragoli over lots of ice. Stir and pour into chilled martini glass.
2 1/2 oz Hendrick’s Gin
1/2 oz Lillet Blanc
Chill your martini glass by filling it with ice. Set aside.
Fill the mixing glass with ice. Add gin and Lillet into the glass. Using a bar spoon, mix the ingredients together, using a round-and-round, up-and-down motion, like a horse on a carousel. Go 20 times round in one direction and then 20 the other. This mixes everything thoroughly, and gives the ice time to cool everything down and add a needed touch of dilution.
Toss the ice out of your now-chilled martini glass. Pour the martini through a julep strainer in an elegant circular motion. It’s all about the elegance!
Peel a nice wide twist from the lemon. Hold it over the glass while you do so; you want to capture any oils that burst off the skin. Take the twist in both hands and, with the yellow side down, crisply fold it to release the oils onto the surface of the drink. Give it a little twist and slide it into the glass.
1 1/4 oz Raspberry liqueur
2 oz Orange juice
1 oz Club soda
Mix all ingredients in a shaker with ice, chill and strain in a martini glass or cocktail glass. You may also add sugar to the rim if you like.
3 oz Ketel One Citroen
1 oz Watermelon Pucker
Mix all ingredients together over ice, shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a slice of watermelon.
2 oz Hpnotiq Liqueur
1 oz Citrus vodka
Splash Lemon-lime soda
In a strainer with ice, combine Hpnotiq Liqueur, citrus vodka and a splash of lemon-lime soda. Shake, strain into a martini glass, and slowly add a touch of grenadine. Garnish with chopped coconut and enjoy!
1 oz Vanilla vodka
1/2 oz Kammer Williams Pear Brandy
1 oz Pear nectar
Splash of Champagne, Cava or sparkling wine
To a shaker filled with ice add vodka, brandy, and pear nectar. Shake and strain into martini glass. Top with Champagne and serve.
Allie Smallwood, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits marketing copywriter