Unique Martini Variations

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Unique Martini Variations

Five Unique Martini Variations

The classic martini structure is one of the best-loved cocktails in the world. It has also provided a platform for mixology experimentation, giving rise to a host of martini variations. Vodka martinis, 50-50, dry and desert martinis are tamer versions of the original. Other variations are so outlandish, it’s difficult to identify them as martinis at all. Let’s take a look at some of the bartending world’s more unique martini creations.

The Pomegranate Martini

This is sweeter and fruitier than the original, substituting vodka for gin. Mix together 85ml of fresh pomegranate juice, 30ml of vodka, 15ml of Cointreau, ¼ tablespoon of lemon juice and sugar. Rim a chilled martini glass with lemon juice and some of the sugar. Then, add the rest of the ingredients to a mixing glass that is full of ice. Shake this mixture five times, and strain into the sugar-rimmed martini glass.

Hendricks Breakfast Martini

This martini might not cure a hangover, but it is definitely an interesting alternative to the usual toast and jam. It is made up of Hendricks Gin, an uplifting gin brand that it infused with Bulgarian rose and cucumber. Pour 43ml of gin, 2 tablespoons of orange marmalade, 20ml of fresh lemon juice and 15ml of simple syrup into a mixing glass. Pour ice into the mixer and shake thoroughly. Strain everything into a cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

Espresso Martini

Sticking to the breakfast trajectory, this espresso martini is bound to perk you up. It is a decadent combination of vanilla vodka, coffee liqueur, Frangelico, Bailey’s Irish Cream and fresh, chilled espresso. To start, pull an espresso shot and leave to chill until completely cold. Pour into a mixing glass with the rest of the ingredients, and shake vigorously. Dispense everything into martini glass and garnish the whole drink with some chocolate shavings and a deep red cherry. To ensure the best results, pre-chill your martini glass before serving.

Ketel One Vodka Martini

Experience a Three-Martini-Lunch a la Mad Men with this clean and sophisticated vodka martini. Pour 45ml of Ketel One Dutch Vodka into a mixer with 15m of dry vermouth. Shake, serve and garnish with a twist. This is best enjoyed over a platter of oysters over your two-hour lunch break.


This is another fruity varietal that is elegant, but sweet and disarming. Pour 60ml of pear-flavoured vodka into a mixer. Grey Goose’s La Poire is a good brand to use for this particular cocktail. Then, add 8ml of fruity Disaronno amaretto, 8ml of syrup and 15ml of fresh lemon juice. Shake with ice in a cocktail mixer, and strain into an ice-cold martini glass. Garnish with a slice of pear.

Vesper Martini

This is the drink that launched the legendary marriage between Agent 007 and the vodka martini. James Bond’s shaken-and-not-stirred signature drink consists of gin, vodka and Kina Lillet, a French aperitif wine. It is named after Vesper Lynd, Bond’s ill-fated lover, who features in the novel and movie adaptations of Casino Royale.

These days, the list of martini variations is endless. If you’re serious about bartending, why not keep abreast of all of the latest martini mixology trends? You can even work on your own signature martini.