3 Classic Martinis for National Martini Day

Three perfect classic martinis, one to fit everyone’s taste buds. The classic for the
traditionalist, the cosmopolitan for those that like a little tart with their sweet and the Strawberry Mint that brings a fruity sweetness to the palate. Perfect for your next cocktail party.

Classic Martinis | 2 Cookin Mamas Three perfect classic martinis, one to fit everyone's taste buds. The classic for the traditionalist, the cosmopolitan for those that like a little tart with their sweet and the Strawberry Mint that brings a fruity sweetness to the palate. Perfect for your next cocktail party. #cocktail #drink #vodka

What exactly is a martini and where did it come from?

The basic martini, as described by wikipedia, is a cocktail made with gin and vermouth, and garnished with an olive or a lemon twist. Famous writer H. L. Mencken described the Martini as “the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet”.

Where it came from is debatable, one popular theory suggests that it started around 1863 by an Italian vermouth maker who marketed a product under the name of Martini that was half a glass of vermouth and half a glass of wine. This is now known today as Martini & Rossi. Another theory  is that it evolved from a cocktail called the Martinez served at the Occidental Hotel in San Francisco around the 1860s. Of course, the people of Martinez say that a bartender there created it and named it after their town. Still another theory links the first dry martini to the name of a bartender who concocted the drink at the Knickerbocker Hotel in New York City around 1911.

Classic Dry Martini closeup | 2 Cookin Mamas

I’ve included a martini that will fit everyone’s taste. The first is the traditional and classic martini. A little bit of vodka with a splash of vermouth over crushed ice. And, of course, it needs to be served with olives, preferably those stuffed with blue cheese. Am I right?

Classic Martinis Cosmopolitan closeup | 2 Cookin Mamas

Second is the well-known, and most popular cocktail with women, the Cosmopolitan. This version of a martini has a little bit tart, a little bit sweet flavor with the addition of cranberry juice, lime juice and triple sec.

Classic Martinis Strawberry Mint Martini closeup | 2 Cookin Mamas

Finally there is a drink for those that like their martinis a little sweet and fruity, enter the Strawberry Mint martini. This one is one of my favorites and perfect for summer parties. Here I’ve added crushed strawberries and mint with the vermouth and vodka. It’s more of a light, not so serious, cocktail. If you like this type of cocktail you might also love out Whipped Blood Orange Tini that’s both sweet and indulgent.

As you can see, there is a martini for just about anyone, whether you like extra dry with just a swish of vermouth in the glass, one made exclusively of vodka, dirty with lots of olive juice. a little tart with a little sweet on the side like a Cosmopolitan or something on the sweet side like our Strawberry Mint Martini. Whatever your preference, enjoy National Dry Martini Day with your favorite style of martini.

Cheers!

3 Classic Martinis
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

Three perfect classic martinis, one to fit everyone's taste buds. The classic for the traditionalist, the cosmopolitan for those that like a little tart with their sweet and the Strawberry Mint that brings a fruity sweetness to the palate. Perfect for your next cocktail party.

Servings: 1 cocktail each type
Author: Linda Warren
Ingredients
Dry Martini
  • Dry Vermouth
  • 2 jiggers vodka
  • Crushed ice
Cosmopolitan
  • 2 jiggers vodka
  • 3/4 jigger triple sec
  • 1 jigger cranberry juice
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • Orange peel/twist
  • Crushed ice
Strawberry Mint Martini
  • 1 splash dry vermouth, optional
  • 2 handfuls hulled strawberries, reserve one with hull to garnish glass
  • 2-3 fresh mint leaves
  • 5- oz vodka
  • Crushed ice
Directions
Dry Martini
  1. Place glasses and shaker in freezer for half hour prior to preparing drinks.
  2. When ready to serve, remove glasses and shaker from freezer and pour a small amount of dry vermouth into glass, swirl to coat the glass.
  3. Dispose of vermouth.
  4. In the cold shaker, add crushed ice and vodka.
  5. Shake well then pour into martini glass.
  6. Add a pick full of olives for garnish. (blue cheese stuffed olives are the best!)
Cosmopolitan
  1. Place martini glass in freezer for half hour.
  2. Fill your shaker with crushed ice.
  3. Add vodka, triple sec, cranberry and lime juice. Shake.
  4. Remove glass from freezer and strain martini mixture into glass.
  5. Garnish with curl of orange peel.
Strawberry Mint Martini
  1. Place martini glass and shaker in freezer for half hour.
  2. Remove shaker and place strawberries into bottom.
  3. Add mint leaves and muddle or smash them to draw out juice.
  4. Add crushed ice and vodka.
  5. Here you have the option of coating the glass with a splash of vermouth, swirling around then discarding. I usually skip this step but it is up to you.
  6. Shake the mixture well then strain into cold glass. Garnish with strawberry.

 

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Three perfect classic martinis, one to fit everyone's taste buds. The classic for the traditionalist, the cosmopolitan for those that like a little tart with their sweet and the Strawberry Mint that brings a fruity sweetness to the palate. Perfect for your next cocktail party. #cocktails #drinks #vodka #vermouth #strawberries #mint #drymartini #cosmopolitan #strawberrymintmartini

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    blahnikbaker
    06/20/2014 at 10:11 am

    Oh my!!! I had no idea it was martini day!! I love each of these…I am not one to cherry pick martinis lol!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      06/20/2014 at 10:35 am

      I guess you’ll have to test each one and see which you like best! Now that’s my kind of testing! lol

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