A few months ago I made a list of 25 awesome vodka drinks, but I didn’t include any martini recipes because I have been working on this post which caters specifically to just that, martinis! While they do contain vodka(and sometimes gin), I thought they deserved their own post since they aren’t the same as most other drinks. As always, you won’t be seeing the typical recipes that you see everywhere else, I strive to provide something different and new that you can try. If you’re looking for a standard dry martini recipe, then check out the hundreds of other blogs about those, I have something way more special planned for today.
It took me a while to choose just ten recipes for this post, but I finally delivered and I’m giving you the top 10 martini recipes! These are great for any occasion and I hope you enjoy them. Remember to have fun and always use fresh ingredients! =)
The Top 10 Martini Recipes
#1 – Strawberry Lemongrass Martini (Source: White Lights On Wednesday)
I originally found this martini recipe on Pinterest, the original can be found at the link above. But I took a slightly different approach to this one, mostly because I’m lazy and don’t like to make drinks that require a lot of steps. I haven’t modified the recipe, only the way it’s prepared. I give major props to Julie for this one, it’s delicious!
- Fresh Strawberries
- Fresh Lemongrass
- Strawberry Lemonade (I used store bought)
I started out by tossing a bunch of strawberries in the blender(about 2 per drink) and turning them into a puree, if you like your drinks on the sweet side, this is a good time to add a little sugar so you don’t have a gritty drink later. Make sure to leave some strawberries on the side though, you’ll need them for the garnish. You’ll also need to chop up your lemongrass into teeny tiny bits. Or you can be like me and toss some in the blender(1 teaspoon per drink) after you’ve pureed the strawberries and then pulse it a few times to mix it in. What? I told you I was lazy.
Get out your cocktail shaker and add about 2 ounces of your strawberry lemongrass mixture, add in 2 ounces of vodka and 2 ounces of lemonade(or more if you like your drinks weak hehe). Shake it up and make sure everything is combined well, then strain into a martini glass and garnish with a strawberry.
#2 – Zen Green Tea & Sake Martini
Typically if I’m making a drink I’m aiming to relax, and I also happen to love tea almost as much as I love alcohol. So when I set out to create this insane martini recipe I hunted down this awesome green tea liqueur that I have come to love, it’s made by Zen. If you haven’t heard of it, you can find more info here.
- 1.5 ounces Vodka
- 1.5 ounces Dry Sake
- 1 ounce Zen Green Tea Liqueur
- Something For Garnish (something..green?)
Fill your shaker with ice and combine all ingredients. Shake until it’s super cold and mixed well. Strain into martini glasses. I actually served these in tea cups because I’m a dork, but feel free to do whatever you’d like. I didn’t garnish mine because of this, but I’m sure you can think of something, be creative!
#3 – Roasted Plum Martini (Source: My Foodbook)
This is some fancy stuff, at first I almost passed this one over because it seemed like a lot of work but I promise you this time it’s worth it. You’ll have to cook some fruit which seems weird but hey, I didn’t judge and neither should you. Now go buy some plums and meet me back here, there’s work to be done!
- Brown Sugar
- Cranberry Juice
Start by cutting your plums in half and removing the pit. You’ll need to roast 1-2 whole plums depending on their size and how many drinks you plan on making. Leave at least one plum aside for garnishing. Set the plums cut side facing up on a cookie sheet or whatever you have around and sprinkle them with brown sugar, don’t go nuts with the sugar just a light sprinkle is enough. Now pop those plums in the oven for 40 minutes at about 350 degrees(180 if you’re using Celsius). Once they’re done, let them cool for a few minutes and then push them through a sieve so that the juices are separated from the solids. You can throw out the solids but keep that precious juice for later, it needs to be cooled off completely before you use it.
Now for the easy part, get some ice and a shaker and combine these ingredients: 0.5 ounces of Chambord, 1 ounce of Vodka, 2 ounces of Cranberry Juice and 0.5 ounces of the plum syrup you made earlier. Shake well and strain into some fancy martini glasses, you deserve to use the nice stuff after all of that work.
#4 – Thin Mint Martini
I always seem to crave those little thin mint girl scout cookies when they aren’t around, and you can only go to Olive Garden a few times for the Andes Candy mint chocolates before you realize you have a problem. But it’s okay because now I concocted this drink, which replicates that chocolatey mint flavor perfectly into a cocktail.
- Creme de Cocoa
- Peppermint Schnapps
- Thin Mints and fresh mint for garnish
Combine 2 ounces of vodka, 1 ounce of creme de cocoa, 1 ounce of Kahlua and 0.5 ounces of peppermint schnapps with ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. I’ve found that this one is best when it’s really cold so I like to make a habit of freezing the glasses first. I think keeping it icy really helps the mint flavors along. You can garnish this by rimming the glass with crushed up cookies, but I find this to be extremely messy so I don’t do it, I do, however, toss some fresh mint in for color and aroma.
#5 – Tangerine Vanilla Martini (Source: Lemons and Lavendar)
This is basically a fancy way to have a creamsicle as an adult and not be ashamed. You’ll need to whip up some tangerine infused simple syrup but that’s super easy so don’t worry. I’ve also made this with vanilla infused simple syrup and it’s equally as delicious. To make the tangerine one, just add some tangerine zest to your usual recipe.
- Fresh Squeezed Tangerine Juice
- Vanilla Vodka
- Orange Vodka
- Tangerine or Vanilla infused Simple Syrup
- Vanilla Sugar
- Tangerine for garnish
Add 1.5 ounces of Tangerine Juice and Vanilla Vodka into an ice filled cocktail shaker along with 1/2 an ounce of Orange Vodka and 1 or 2 tablespoons of your simple syrup mixture. Shake to combine and strain into a vanilla sugar rimmed martini glass. I love the color of these, if you use fresh tangerine juice you can’t beat the flavor either!
#6 – S’mores Martini (Source: Poca Cosa)
I wish I would have remembered this recipe when I started the list because I would definitely have it up higher, but I’m too lazy to rearrange things now(go figure!) so lets just keep going, shall we? This one is a great use of Adult Chocolate Milk, and I certainly wish I could say that I thought of it myself. This stuff is creamy and sweet and everything you could want in a desert martini.
- 2 ounces of Adult Chocolate Milk
- 1 ounce of Marshmallow Vodka
- 1/2 ounce of Caramel Vodka
- 1/2 ounce of half & half (or milk if you like it lighter)
- Chocolate syrup and graham crackers for garnish.
Start off by dipping your glass rims in a little chocolate syrup and rolling them in crushed up graham crackers, stick them in the freezer while you make everything else so it sticks. Now combine the rest of the ingredients in a shaker and shake gently, I don’t like to get to vigorous with dairy because it tends to get messy, just shake enough to mix it and get it cold. Strain into your glasses and garnish with a marshmallow if you really need more sugar in this thing.
#7 – Lychee Martini (Source: Sugar Loco)
I think I admire this recipe because of how simple it is, yet it’s still different. It’s super quick to mix up, doesn’t require any hard to find ingredients and isn’t overly flashy. Unlike most of the other drinks on this page.
- Lychee Liqueur
- Apple Juice
Shake up 2 ounces of Vodka with 1 ounce of apple juice and 1 ounce of lychee liqueur and strain into a chilled martini glass. I told you it was simple.
#8 – Watermelon Martini
I created this one summer a few years back because I was looking for something easy that I could whip up for a BBQ. This ended up being an all time favorite and everyone requests them when I have BBQs. It’s so easy too!
- Fresh Watermelon Puree
- Watermelon Chunks for garnish
Pick out a nice watermelon and cut it all up into chunks, except for the rind, of course. Now pop about 1 cup of chunks per drink into the blender and puree into it’s mostly smooth. This is also a good time to add some sugar if your melon isn’t as sweet as you’d like. Make sure you keep any leftovers of this stuff in the fridge and use it within a day or two.
Add 2 ounces of your favorite vodka into a cocktail shaker with ice, combine with 4 ounces of your watermelon puree(you can adjust this to your liking of course) and shake well. Strain into a chilled glass and enjoy. I like to garnish with one of the watermelon cubes or sometimes I’ll use a melon baller and use those instead.
I also suggest trying the same thing out with cantaloupe, it’s pretty good too!
#9 – Jasmine Tea Martini
I love tea. I especially love jasmine tea because it smells so good and makes me feel fancy. This one is super easy to make too!
Start off by brewing one cup of tea per cocktail you plan to make. I like to use this loose leaf jasmine tea because it’s high quality and still cost effective. Once your tea is brewed, let it cool and then stick it in the fridge to chill. Most people just dump ice into it but I think it waters it down so I just wait a few hours for it to be cold instead.
Next, just combine 1 cup of your jasmine tea with 1.5 ounces of vodka or gin(I prefer gin for this one) and your chosen sweetener to taste and shake well. Strain into a pretty glass. It will be the best tea party you’ve ever had, I promise.
#10 – Lavender Martini
I was so torn between this martini recipe and the one above that I decided to just include both! This one smells equally as amazing, but doesn’t have tea in it. So if you can’t have caffeine, never fear, lavender is here!
- Lavender Sprigs
- Gin (I like to use Tanqueray)
- Dry Vermouth
- Parfait Amour
Beat up one of the lavender sprigs the bottom of a shaker with a wooden spoon or a muddler if you have one. This helps extract it’s oils and provides the nice fragrance. Add ice and mix in Gin, Parfait Amour and Dry Vermouth. Shake well and strain into a martini glass, garnish with another sprig of lavender.
So there you have it! 10 great martini recipes that you can show off to your friends. Please share this post if you enjoyed it and let everyone else in on the secret! Thanks for stopping by. If you liked this list, then you’ll love my 25 awesome vodka drinks post as well.