Here are all the best types of martinis! Try everything from the classic dry martini to all the fruity flavored vodka spins.
There is no cocktail with so many variations…the martini! The martini is one of the most iconic cocktails of all time. People have been drinking it for a century. The thing is: so many different drinks can be called a martini! Here are the two main categories of martinis:
- Dry martinis: The original! The classic martini is gin and vermouth: searing and spirit forward. There are several types of martinis that vary the basic components in this category.
- Sweet vodka martinis: It’s a wonder many of these are called martinis at all! Sweet and fruity, they’re made with vodka and range the gamut of flavors.
We’ve got a martini for every drinker and occasion. Ready to get started?
And now…the best types of martinis!
Here are all the best types of martinis! Try everything from the classic dry martini to the dirty martini to fruity flavored vodka martinis.
For the Classic / Dirty Martini
- 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) gin (or 2 ounces for a Dirty Martini)
- 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) dry white vermouth
- 1/2 ounce olive juice (Dirty Martini only)
- For the garnish: olive or lemon peel
For the Vesper Martini
- 3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) gin
- 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) vodka
- 1/2 tablespoon (1/4 ounce) Lillet Blanc
For the French Martini
- 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) vodka
- 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) pineapple juice
- 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) Chambord or other raspberry liqueur
- For the garnish: raspberry (optional)
- For the Classic / Dirty Martini: Combine the gin and vermouth (and olive juice, if using) in a cocktail mixing glass. Fill the mixing glass with 1 handful ice and stir continuously for 30 seconds until very cold. Strain the drink into a cocktail or martini glass (purists chill the glass first). Squeeze a lemon peel into the drink to release the oils. Gently run the peel around the edge of the glass, then place it in the glass and serve. Garnish with a lemon peel or olive.
- For the Vesper Martini: Place the gin, vodka, and Lillet blanc into a cocktail shaker and fill it with ice. Shake until cold. Strain the drink into a cocktail glass. Garnish with the lemon peel as in Step 1.
- For the French Martini: Add the vodka, pineapple juice, and Chambord or raspberry liqueur to a cocktail shaker. Fill it with ice and shake it until cold. Strain into a cocktail glass. If desired, garnish with a raspberry.
- Category: Drink
- Method: Shaken
- Cuisine: Cocktails
Keywords: Types of Martinis
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About the Authors
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 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.