The 19th June is National Martini Day giving us all another excuse to have a drink. So this post isn’t solely about drinking we’re going to shake things up (see what we did there) with a short background story to martinis.
Traditionally Martinis are gin based cocktails mixed with a vermouth and served with a garnish; nice and simple hey, just three ingredients! The taste of the Martini varies depending on the type of Vermouth or gin you use, the ratio of gin to Vermouth, whether the Martini is shaken or stirred or what it is garnished with. Yup that’s right, Mr Bond was right to be picky on the mixing method. As the years have passed, a whole variety of ingredients have slowly found their way into the Martini to give us the endless varieties we see today.
To celebrate National Martini Day we’ve created this list of the weirdest martinis around. If you’re feeling adventurous maybe you could even try them out yourself and host a ‘tini party?
The Bubblebath Martini
Whats in it? Lychee, poppy seed and lavender-flavoured liquid; rose air for the bubbly foam topping. It only seems fitting to sit drinking this, relaxing, sitting in the bath.
What’s in it? Bourbon, butterscotch schnapps, Godiva chocolate, a dash of cream and marshmallow ‘fluff’ and graham cracker crumbs around the rim. This will definitely leave you wanting (s)more!!
Reverse Vesper Martini
What’s in it? A twist on the iconic Vesper Martini, this cocktail contains a hint of gin, vodka and Vermouth garnished with a lemon or even grapefruit twist. This is great for those sophisticates out there with a little quirkiness added to it.
Candied Bacon Martini
What’s in it? Vodka, brandy, amaretto, maple syrup, thin slices of apple such as Granny Smith and slices of caramelised bacon to garnish. We reckon this will go amazingly with a giant stack of American pancakes.
Mango & Basil Martini
What’s in it? Vodka, a handful of fresh basil and chopped mango (the softer the better!). If the Martini is too much for you, add some sparkling water and transform it into a spritzer.
The Breakfast Martini
What’s in it? Seville orange marmalade, dry gin, Triple Sec or Cointreau and fresh lemon juice served with an orange twist. We’re wondering if this Martini makes it acceptable to drink in the morning?
El Caribe Martini
What’s in it? Getting Caribbean, this Martini contains rum as the main spirit with blue curacao, Cointreau and a tiny dash of freshly squeezed lemon juice with an orange twist to finish it off. Just watch you don’t drink too many as next thing you know booking flights to the Caribbean is the best idea ever!
What’s in it? Ginger liqueur, vanilla-citrus liqueur, coffee-flavoured rum, honey and whipping cream. Coat the glass rim with ginger liqueur and roll in crushed ginger snaps. Definitely a beverage to be enjoyed over the festive season, sitting by the warm fire with your slippers on so your feet are warm and toasty, sipping on your Gingerbread Martini.
Pumpkin Pie Martini
What’s in it? Vodka, pumpkin pie mix (not tinned pumpkin) and spiced syrup. Very American we know, but definitely a cocktail we can see being enjoyed over Halloween.
What’s in it? Frozen lemonade concentrate, water, bubble-gum flavored vodka, sour apple, watermelon or berry liqueur, with a small and fruity lollipop sitting in the glass as a garnish. Embrace your inner childhood with this lollipop throwback.
Funfetti, Cake Batter Martini
What’s in it? Get your sweet tooth ready for this treat; cupcake-flavored vodka, white chocolate liqueur, white creme de cacao, vanilla frosting flavored vodka, amaretto and heavy whipping cream to cover the rim finished with sprinkles.
Melon & Prosciutto Martini
What’s in it? Quite simply this Martini is Grappa which has had honeydew melon soaked in it for a month, garnished with honeydew or cantaloupe melon balls and thin slices of prosciutto ham – fancy huh?
To get the best results and flavours, make sure you use the best quality ingredients you can and enjoy the taste sensations! Why not share your creations with us and tweet us your Martini pictures!