Bartending: Different Martini Recipes

The martini is a sophisticated classic. Here are some martini recipe variations you may want to try.

From James Bond to "Sex in the City," martinis have played a big part in bar scenes. They are associated with swankiness, sophistication and elegance. For what is essentially a drink made up of vodka or gin, there are many variations to the martini. You can add anything from olives to cocktail onions to fruit juices to spice up your normal martini. Here are some different easy martini recipes you may want to try.

* If you love Lemon Drop candies, you'll love the martini's take on it. Take a lemon wedge, some ice cubes, one and a half ounces of lemon-flavored Vodka (for example, Absolut Citron) and a teaspoon of sugar and shake. Strain into a martini glass that has been sugared on the rim and add another wedge of lemon.

* Fruit-flavored martinis are terrific. If you want to try an Apple Martini, take one and a half ounces of your favorite vodka and shake with one and a half ounces of an apple liqueur and strain into a martini glass that has been slightly salted.



* The ladies of "Sex in the City" made the Cosmopolitan Martini fabulously famous. Take half an ounce of Cointreau, the juice of half a lime, one ounce of your favorite vodka and a little splash of cranberry juice and shake with ice. Strain into a martini glass.

* If you want James Bonds' drink of choice, make a Vodka Martini, shaken, not stirred. Take one and a half ounces of your favorite vodka and shake with three-quarters of an ounce of vermouth and some ice. Strain this into a martini glass and add an olive or two. The British accent is optional.

* The Gibson Martini is a classic. Take one and a half ounces of gin and three quarters of an ounce of vermouth and stir with some ice cubes in a glass. Strain this mixture into a martini glass and throw in a couple of cocktail onions.

* For another colorful martini, try a Blue Martini. Shake one and a half ounces of gin, three-quarters of an ounce of Blue Curacao and some ice and strain into a glass.

* If you want something a little more upscale, try a Martini Royale. Put one and a half ounces of gin or vodka that has been chilled into a martini glass that has also been chilled. Fill the rest of the glass with chilled champagne and serve.

* A Golden Martini is made by stirring two ounces of golden gin with half an ounce of vermouth and some ice. Strain this into a glass and serve with olives.

* If you love salty drinks, try a Dirty Martini. Shake together two ounces of gin, a tablespoon of vermouth, two tablespoons of olive juice (just take it straight from the jar) and some ice. Strain this mixture into a chilled martini glass and garnish with olives.

* Most Tex-Mex restaurants will have their own version of a martini called a Mexican Martini. Naturally, there will be tequila in it. Take one and a half ounces of tequila and shake with three quarters of an ounce of vermouth. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with olives, or for a more Mexican flair, slices of jalapeno.

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