Ginger Martini Cocktail

The spicy flavor of the fresh root shines in this ginger cocktail! It’s perfect as a vodka martini with lemon juice and simple syrup.

Ginger cocktail

Got ginger? If you love the spicy flavor of the fresh root, try this Ginger Cocktail! It’s a refreshing spin on the vodka martini featuring, ginger, lemon juice and dry vermouth. Each sip has just the right balance of sweet and tangy, with a spicy finish. Alex and I made this drink to use up a large ginger root that was lurking in our refrigerator. After making ginger tea, we wondered how it would taste in a cocktail. Turns out, the bold flavor of ginger is a unique way to spice up your cocktail repertoire!

What’s in this ginger cocktail?

This ginger cocktail is a spin on the flavored vodka martini: which is really just a martini in name only! There’s a whole family of vodka martinis that bear no resemblance to the classic cocktail at all. This ginger martini is one in a long line of vodka drinks, like the espresso martini, watermelon martini, pomegranate martini, and more. Here’s what you’ll need to make this ginger cocktail:

  • Ginger simple syrup: our special recipe!
  • Vodka
  • Lemon juice
  • Dry vermouth
Ginger cocktail

How to make ginger simple syrup…using our special method

Promise us one thing: you must make this ginger cocktail using our recipe for ginger simple syrup. Here’s why: most simple syrups are made by infusing an herb in the warm syrup. This works great for soft herbs like mint and rosemary. But ginger root is a bit tougher, so it’s harder to extract the flavor. The ginger syrup we made the standard way didn’t infuse ginger flavor into cocktails. So we realized we had to try a new way: using a blender! Here’s what to know (or to go Ginger Simple Syrup):

  • Wash and slice the ginger root. No need to peel it!
  • Add the ginger to a blender with sugar and boiling water. It’s easy to boil water using a teapot, but use any method you like.
  • Blend, then strain! Blend it for several minutes until smooth, then strain through a fine mesh strainer. This gets a creamy looking ginger syrup with a very spicy ginger flavor! Taste it from the blender and it tastes overly spicy, but it’s perfect when you use it in a drink…trust us.
Ginger root

How to make this ginger cocktail

The only part about this ginger cocktail that takes some time is the ginger syrup. Other than that, it’s a breeze to whip up! Here’s all you need to know about making a ginger martini:

  • Make the ginger syrup. See above!
  • Shake in a cocktail shaker. Place the ginger simple syrup, vodka, lemon juice and dry vermouth in a cocktail shaker, add ice, and shake (Don’t have one? Use a mason jar!)
  • Strain into a glass and garnish. Strain into a martini glass. If you’d like, garnish with a lemon slice or crystalized ginger.

More vodka martini recipes

Flavored martinis are a modern invention: built on the vodka martini. Most of them drop the vermouth…so they’re hardly a Classic Martini at all! Here are some of our favorite flavored martini recipes:

Ginger martini

When to serve this ginger cocktail

This Ginger Martini works before dinner, after dinner, or anytime in between. Serve it as a:

  • Happy hour drink
  • Afternoon cocktail
  • Late night drinks drink
  • Girls or guys night drink
  • Cocktail hour drink
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Ginger martini

Ginger Martini


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

The spicy flavor of the fresh root shines in this ginger cocktail! It’s perfect as a vodka martini with lemon juice and simple syrup.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce ginger simple syrup
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce dry vermouth
  • For the garnish: lemon slice or crystalized ginger

Instructions

  1. Add the vodka, ginger simple syrup, lemon juice, and dry vermouth to a cocktail shaker and fill it with ice. Shake vigorously until cold.
  2. Strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon slice or crystalized ginger, if desired.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Cocktails

Keywords: Ginger cocktail, Ginger martini

More ginger recipes

There are so many ways to use ginger root! Pick from some of our favorite ginger recipes:

  • Ginger Tea This soothing and invigorating drink has big flavor and potential health benefits, too.
  • Ginger Lime Hummus Features fresh flavors and is the perfect vegan snack!
  • Fried Rice with Ginger Here’s how to make the very best fried rice: takeout style! Egg, veggies, garlic and ginger bring aromatic flavor to this homemade comfort food.
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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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