Modern Martinis

What is a Martini? Classically, it’s vodka or gin with vermouth – which spirit and how much vermouth is a matter of personal taste and usually much debate among imbibers and barkeeps alike. But the Martini has morphed into any drink put into a Martini glass. Which brings up another debate: should it be called a Martini glass, a cocktail glass or a coupe? We welcome your thoughts on that one.

Here, we offer some contemporary takes on the classic cocktail, each of which would jump start your spring or summer drink menu with style.

Bacon Martini

A favorite at the Double Down Bars in Las Vegas and New York City, owner P Moss who reports it’s a favorite with the ladies.
3 strips hickory smoked bacon
1 bottle vodka
Fry the bacon and “massage” it into a bottle of vodka. Allow bottle to stand for 24 hours; the bacon will soften. Chill the vodka.  Strain into a chilled Martini glass.


Bacon Martini
Pink Honey Martini
Sapphire Minted Mango Martini
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Irish Razberi Martini
Swedish Pinch
Nuvo Springtime Martini
Godiva Truffletini
Mom’s Specialty

Pink Honey Martini

Courtesy of Sidney Frank Importing Co.
1 part Barenjager Honey Liqueur
2 parts vodka
Splash of cranberry juice
Dash of sweet and sour mix
Shake with ice and strain into a Martini glass.


Bacon Martini
Pink Honey Martini
Sapphire Minted Mango Martini
Welcome Back
Irish Razberi Martini
Swedish Pinch
Nuvo Springtime Martini
Godiva Truffletini
Mom’s Specialty

Sapphire Minted Mango Martini

From the Bacardi USA Summer Cocktail Guide.
1½ parts Bombay Sapphire Gin
½ part Cointreau
½ part fresh lime juice
½ part agave nectar
5 mint leaves
¼ fresh mango
Mint leaf
Muddle mango with agave and lime juice. Shake all ingredients with lots of ice and serve straight up in a chilled Martini glass. Float mint leaf on top for aroma.


Bacon Martini
Pink Honey Martini
Sapphire Minted Mango Martini
Welcome Back
Irish Razberi Martini
Swedish Pinch
Nuvo Springtime Martini
Godiva Truffletini
Mom’s Specialty

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Developed by Paul McGee of The Whistler in Chicago.
1 ¼ ounces Ketel One Vodka
¾ ounce chamomile-infused bianco vermouth
2 dashes lemon bitters
Add ingredients to mixing glass with ice.  Stir for approximately 20 seconds.  Strain into a 4-ounce coupe glass.


Bacon Martini
Pink Honey Martini
Sapphire Minted Mango Martini
Welcome Back
Irish Razberi Martini
Swedish Pinch
Nuvo Springtime Martini
Godiva Truffletini
Mom’s Specialty

Irish Razberi Martini

The March Martini of the Month at Martinis in Henderson, Nev.
1 ½ ounce Baileys
1 ½ ounce Stoli Razberi
½ ounce Kahlua
Mint sprig
1 raspberry
Shake ingredients and strain into a Martini glass. Garnish with a mint sprig picked to a fresh raspberry.


Bacon Martini
Pink Honey Martini
Sapphire Minted Mango Martini
Welcome Back
Irish Razberi Martini
Swedish Pinch
Nuvo Springtime Martini
Godiva Truffletini
Mom’s Specialty

Swedish Pinch

Developed by Greg Best of Holeman and Finch in Atlanta.
2 ounces Karlsson's Gold Vodka
1 ounce Lillet Blonde
Dash of Regan's Orange Bitters
Fresh black pepper
Grapefruit peel
Combine in mixing glass with ice and stir; strain into Martini glass and serve with fresh black pepper cracked over the drink and a garnish of grapefruit peel.


Bacon Martini
Pink Honey Martini
Sapphire Minted Mango Martini
Welcome Back
Irish Razberi Martini
Swedish Pinch
Nuvo Springtime Martini
Godiva Truffletini
Mom’s Specialty

Nuvo Springtime Martini

Courtesy of Nuvo Sparkling Liqueur.
1 ounce vodka
1/2 ounce peach nectar
Splash of fresh lime juice
1 ounce Nuvo Sparkling Liqueur
Lemon peel
Combine vodka, peach nectar and lime juice; top with Nuvo Sparkling Liqueur. Serve in a Martini glass garnished with a fresh lemon peel.


Bacon Martini
Pink Honey Martini
Sapphire Minted Mango Martini
Welcome Back
Irish Razberi Martini
Swedish Pinch
Nuvo Springtime Martini
Godiva Truffletini
Mom’s Specialty

Godiva Truffletini

Courtesy of Diageo.
½ ounce Godiva Original Liqueur
1 ounce Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
½ ounce Cîroc Vodka
Shake until blended and pour into a chilled Martini glass.  Garnish with chocolate shavings if desired.


Bacon Martini
Pink Honey Martini
Sapphire Minted Mango Martini
Welcome Back
Irish Razberi Martini
Swedish Pinch
Nuvo Springtime Martini
Godiva Truffletini
Mom’s Specialty

Mom’s Specialty

Courtesy of Hint Essence Water
1 ½ ounce watermelon vodka
1 ½ ounce citrus vodka
1 ½ ounce Blackberry HINT
Shake ingredients over ice and serve in a Martini glass.


Bacon Martini
Pink Honey Martini
Sapphire Minted Mango Martini
Welcome Back
Irish Razberi Martini
Swedish Pinch
Nuvo Springtime Martini
Godiva Truffletini
Mom’s Specialty

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