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55 Different Types of Martinis (Even James Bond Would Be Impressed)


Martini is one of the most popular cocktail drinks that is quite versatile and open for a lot of modifications. Let us show you these different types and, more importantly, how to make them so you can enjoy each one in your own home.

Everyone has heard of a Martini. For some, it is a classy and debonair drink that only the likes of someone as sophisticated as James Bond or Audrey Hepburn would have a taste for it. But for those who are more aware of the capabilities of this drink, they know that there is a Martini for just about everyone with its ever-increasing ways of modification and interpretation.

The Martini drink of gin and vermouth was conceived around the 1880’s and those amazing minds who did originally invent it failed to record the momentous event. This resulted in multiple claims when it was first popularized in the 1888 edition of Harry Johnson’s New and Improved Bartender’s Manual.

Whoever the inventor of this iconic drink is, I am sure that he/she is looking down from alcohol heaven and smiling at how it has grown up (and still continue to) into a more versatile drink that can cater to any mood, taste, and class. With that in mind, let us show you the different types of Martinis (so far!).

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1. Dirty

Dirty martini served with green olives and a slice of lime. A glass with cocktail isolated on a black background.

The dirty martini has a distinctly sour taste, due in part to the addition of olive brine. While not for everyone, Dirty martinis have an avid, bond like following. The olive is best enjoyed at the very end of the drink after it has had time to soak up the Alcohol it was swimming in.

2. Dry, Wet, or Perfect

Classic Dry Martini with olives.

The word’s wet and dry dictate how much vermouth you want to be added to your drink. Dry equals less vermouth and wet equals more. As for a perfect martini, it is so named because it has equal parts of both liquors in it.

3. Gibson

Homemade Boozy Gibson Martini with Cocktail Onions.

The chief difference in a Gibson is the use of a cocktail onion as a garnish rather than lemon or olive.  Most classic Gibsons are served with a silver skin onion due to its unique taste, it blends well with the alcohol. The drink can be traced as far back as 1888 when it appeared in a bartender’s handbook. Moreover, there are varying recipes some of which come from the prohibition era and there are even martinis that call for bitters among other exotic ingredients.

4. Gin or Vodka

Vodka martini garnished with a lemon twist isolated on a white background.

A martini usually consists of gin and dry vermouth, in a 5-to-1 ratio. Dry vermouth is fortified herb wine and is a popular drink amongst stars and the royals. After the martini is mixed, you usually get a little garnish of your choice in the drink. Some like olives, others have an onion or even a lemon peel. With the evolution of the martini, gin removed from the recipe and in its place, vodka is sometimes used. With, gin being the primary additive it would be a good idea to tell the barkeep if you have a preference for vodka.

5. Shaken or Stirred

Shaken Martini over a black background garnished with a lemon twist.

 

Shaking a martini gives the drink a misty appearance and weakens it a little so as not too strong for the consumers. A stirred martini is chilled and remains undiluted due to the fact it has not been shaken with ice. Again this is down to preference. I myself do not like the drink diluted at all but to each his own.

6. Vesper

Homemade Vesper Martini Cocktail with thick lemon peel.

A vesper martini consists of gin, vodka, Lillet Blanc and a twist of lemon. This martini is a replica of the one James Bond orders in Casino Royale. So next poker or Baccarat game remember to order this and add to the ritzy atmosphere of the event.

7. Absinthe Minded Martini

This trendy martini is a labor of love, but it is totally worth making at least once! The ingredients for this tasty little treat are  3 oz. of gin, 1/2 oz. of orange liqueur, 1 orange peel, 1/2 oz. of absinthe, and dry vermouth. First, make sure you have a chilled cocktail glass at the ready. In a second glass, mix gin, ice, and absinthe, then stir. In your cocktail glass, take a ½ oz. of dry vermouth, throwing away the excess. Strain the other ingredients into the cocktail glass and topple it with ½ oz. of Grand Marnier. Garnish with a suggested piece of orange peel.

8. Apple and Orange Martini

Homemade Green Alcoholic Appletini Cocktail with Apple Garnish.

For each of these martinis, use 10 oz. of apple liqueur and cranberry juice in equal parts as well as 12 oz. of vodka. Mix the lot together in a big old pitcher of ice. To melt the ice and dilute the drink in the proper manner, stir the pitcher 50 times. Put a lid on it and store it in the fridge until you are ready to enjoy.  Serve in a chilled glass with apple and orange for garnish.

9. Bikini Martini

Green Martini bikini cocktail decorated with cranberries isolated on a white background.

This drink has three parts to it mixed in equal amounts. 1/2 oz of gin, cocoa liqueur, and peach schnapps. Throw everything in a cocktail shaker with lots of ice, mix, strain and serve! For a twist, you could serve the drinks in those little coconut cups for a festive feel.

10. Breakfast Martini

Breakfast Martini garnished with an orange peel served with toast.

Mix 3/4 oz. of fresh lemon juice, 1 1/2 oz. of gin, a dash of marmalade, and 3/4 oz. of orange liqueur. Shake the ingredients with ice, and,  serve it with a slice of toast garnish with a slice of toast. What an awesome idea for a liquid breakfast. Some brown sugar on the toast might compliment the drink nicely.

11. Bronx Martini

Bronx Martini garnished with orange wedge.

In a martini shaker, add some ice, and stir in the following ingredients: 1 splash of dry vermouth, 1 1/2 oz. of vodka, 4 oz. of orange juice, 1/2 oz. of the sweet-and-sour mix. and 1 splash sweet vermouth. If this is not strong enough for you, just add a more sweet and sour mix to bring out the taste.

12. Caribbean Martini

With a shot of vodka, ¾ oz. of coconut rum, and a dash of pineapple juice. Shake and serve chilled as always. For an extra little something, you could garnish this with pineapple or serve some coconut on the side. This is making me feel like a trip to Jamaica! How bought a trip to the tropics baby?

13. Cosmopolitan Martini

Classic alcoholic red cocktail cosmopolitan with vodka, liqueur, cranberry juice, lime, ice and orange zest on a dark bar counter background.

Blend orange liqueur, vodka, the juice of 1/2 a lime, and 1 splash of cranberry juice into an ice-filled mixing cup. Shake, strain and enjoy! for an added zip you could line the rim with some lime juice to get the taste buds flowing. I like to add more lime juice, but I like the drink to have more of a bitter taste.

14. Crantini Martini

Crantini cocktail or cranberry cocktail with fall or autumn themed background.

With a martini shaker and ice, add the following tasty liquor, you can make a lovely cranberry blast of a martini.
1/2 oz. of vermouth, 1 1/2 oz. of Vodka, 1/2 oz. of triple sec, 4 oz. of cranberry juice, 1 cranberry, and some ice. Shake, pour, and enjoy with a few vodka flavored cranberries on the side. for best effect soak and fruit in vodka overnight for max flavor. Moreover, for a dessert feel, you could coat the cranberries in powdered sugar or serve them with fresh whipped cream.

15. Dirty Bloody Martini

Juicy red Bloody Martini garnished with a cherry.

The ingredients for this are what you would find in a normal martini, but for the tomato juice. Giving blood to the name. This is a great breakfast treat on a cheeky weekend away. If you don’t care for gin you can always sub that for vodka, or vice versa.

16. Dirty Martini

Dirty Martini garnished with a single olive.

A dirty martini has various different recipes and everyone has their own take on it. For this one, combine your main ingredients but for the garnish shake heavily, strain, add an olive, then do your best James Bond look at the imaginary camera behind your confused looking friend. I am a lover of this simple James Bond favorite as I am sure you are.

17. Emerald Martini

Emerald Martini pouring in a glass.

Combine1/8 oz. of Green Chartreuse®, 1 1/2 oz of gin and 1/2 oz. of dry vermouth. Stir all ingredients into some cracked ice, then pour it into the cocktail glass. Take a lemon zest, twist some into the drink then throw the rest over the rim of the glass for garnish. Olive in the drink wouldn’t hurt either and would complement the gin. You might also dash a little lemon in there as well.

18. French Martini

French Martini with lemon peel on an upscale black countertop.

Take a tall bar glass (like you would use for Long Island Iced Tea) and add the following to it.  1/4 oz. of fresh or canned pineapple juice, 1 1/2 oz. of your favorite vodka, 1/4 oz. of delectable raspberry liqueur, and 1 slice of lemon peel. Add ice to the cup, shake, pour, serve and enjoy with lemon on the side or inside of the drink. It is up to you! For a snack to go with it some salami might compliment the flavor.

19. Fruit Blast Martini Cocktail

Shake together in a cup the following summer fun ingredients with ice: 1 ounce of rum (orange is preferred, 1 oz. of tropic rum (this is usually coconut rum), 1 oz. can of cranberry juice or straight from a bottle, and 1 1/2 oz. of pineapple juice. After you shake, strain and serve, don’t forget to garnish this with a nice strawberry to add to that fruity blast only the islands can bring.

20. Fuzzy Martini

Fuzzy Martini garnished with peach slices.

Mix 1 oz. of peach schnapps and 2 1/2 oz. of vodka then pour the mix over lots of ice. Stir and serve in a lovely chilled glass with a peach slice on the side. For a sweeter drink, you might add some peach juice to the mix.

21. Golf Martini

Golf Martini on the rocks with olives.

In a shaker filled with cracked or crushed ice add 4 oz. of gin, 1 oz. of dry vermouth, and 4 dashes of bitters in a shaker with cracked ice, Serve with an olive in a chilled glass. Add more bitters to taste and maybe another olive or two.

22. Great Caesar’s Martini

Combine 3 oz. of vodka and 1/2 oz. of dry vermouth, in a shaker with crushed ice, strain the mixture into a chilled glass. Don’t forget to Garnish with an anchovy-stuffed olive for that martini tang.

23. Hazelnut Martini

Chocolate hazelnut Martini with chocolate syrup garnish on the glass rim.

Hazelnut liqueur sounds amazing and too easy to drink! Combine 1/2 oz. of hazelnut liqueur and 1 oz. of vodka with ice in a mixing glass, strain, serve and enjoy just as it is or with a nice assortment of chocolates. This might be great as a dessert martini as well.

24. Inverted Pyramid Martini

Inverted Pyramid Martini with orange peel.

Shake together 1 1/4 oz. of currant vodka, 1 1/4 oz. of citrus vodka, and 1 splash of orange liqueur together in a shaker. Strain, serve and use an orange peel as the garnish. I am not sure where they got the name for this one, but it sure sounds tasty to me!

25. Knickerbocker Martini

Mix 1 dash of orange liqueur, 1 oz. of French vermouth, 2 dashes of orange bitters, and 2 oz. of gin together. Pour into an ice-filled mixing glass and stir well. Strain and serve with the lemon peel!

26. Lemon Splash Martini

Lemon Splash Martini with a lemon twist garnish.

Mix 1/2 oz. of triple sec, and 1/2 oz. of amaretto almond liqueur with 1 1/2 jiggers of vodka and 1/2 of a squeeze of a lemon wedge. Shake with ice to blend. Next, squeeze lemon juice into the glass, before adding the blended drink and lemon twist to garnish.

27. Martian Martini

Martian Martini with melon balls garnish.

Place 1 oz. of melon liqueur and 2 oz. of gin in a cocktail shaker with ice. After combining the two, strain, serve and enjoy. Easy peasy, melon squeezy! Thanks, folks, I’ll be here all night.

28. Milky Way Martini

Milky Way Martini served without ice.

Combine 2 oz. of chocolate liqueur, 2 oz. of vanilla vodka, and 1 oz. of Irish cream. Blend well and serve without ice to ensure this drink does not separate.

29. Mint Martini

Mint Martini with mint leaves on top.

In an ice-filled mixing glass combine the following.  2 oz. of gin and 1 oz. of white crème de menthe. Stir well, strain and serve with mint leaves for garnish. For mint overload, you could have some dark peppermint chocolate to go on the side.

30. Mocha Martini

Mocha Martini with chocolate bits on the glass rim.

Doesn’t this one just scream the holidays! Mix 1 oz. of crème de cacao, 2 1/2 oz. of vodka and 1/2 oz. of coffee liqueur. Shake with ice, strain and serve with a candy cane to bring about a different kind of spirit!

31. Neapolitan Martini

Blend the following with ice: 1 oz. of vanilla vodka, 1 splash of lime juice, 1 oz. of orange vodka, 1 oz. of orange liqueur. Stir, strain and serve with orange peel.

32. Nick and Nora Martini

Nick and Nora Martini with an orange twist.

This martini will make anyone reminisce about Nick and Nora films. In a mixing glass add the following. Ice, 1 1/2 oz. of gin and 1/2 oz. of dry vermouth. Stir, strain and serve with an olive for a classic touch, on an old favorite.

33. Ooh La La Martini Cocktail

The Ooh La La is a simple Martini containing nothing more than the following, 1 oz. of orange rum, 1 oz. of orange juice, and 1 splash of triple sec. I think the French would go ga-ga for this one, don’t you?

34. Pear Martini

Pear Martini garnished with a lemon peel.

Here is a drink for the next springtime Barbeque. With this simply tasty treat, mix 1 part Pear liqueur and 2 parts vodka for a springtime refresher, with a slice of pear on the side. Yummy!

35. Pepe’s Flames of Love Martini

Beverly Hills is the birthplace of this baby! Blend the following ingredients and serve with an orange peel for a touch of class. Ingredients: 2 oz. of vodka, 2 oranges and 2 to 3 drops of sherry.

36. Perfect Martini

Perfect Martini with olives on a black wooden countertop.

Combine dry and Rosso vermouth with gin, strain and serve with a twist of lemon. The perfectly simple martini for a simple night relaxing at home.

37. Pomegranate Martini

Pomegranate Martini with pomegranate seeds.

With ice combine the following: 2 oz. of citrus vodka, 1 oz. of either simple syrup or Grand Marnier and 1/2 oz. of fresh lemon juice as well as 1/4 oz. of pomegranate juice.Serve with a dash of rose water and flamed orange peel.

38. Red Vodkatini

Red Vodkatini with a garnish of orange slice.

Mix 1 dash of crème de cassis 2 oz. of vodka, 1 oz. of vermouth, Serve with an orange slice for a classy decor. This sounds like a catwalk cocktail for me.

39. Rosy Martini

Rosy Martini on the rocks with orange slices.

Meld together 1/2 oz. of orange liqueur, 2 oz. of citrus vodka, and 1/2 oz. of vermouth with ice.  Strain and serve with flamed orange peel. How refreshing that sounds?

40. Rum Martini

Take a dash of vermouth and 2 ½ oz. of light rum. Stir, strain and serve in a lovely chilled glass with lemon and olive for a Spanish feel to your day.

41. Saketini

Combine 1 ½ tsp. of sake rice wine and 2 ½ oz. of gin together, strain and serve with an olive for a Japanese take on the martini. If you are bold, you might dip the rim with a little wasabi for a challenge with the friends. I wonder who this would go with sashimi?

42. Salt and Pepper Martini

Blend 2 oz. of pepper vodka and 1/8 oz. of vermouth. Serve with salt on the rim for this hybrid margarita of sorts. Sounds delicious, right? I think this would go great with a nice steak. Imagine yourself on the balcony sipping away while you listen to the waves ebb and flow as the sun goes down.

43. Scarlet Martini

Scarlet Martini with lime.

Take a lime wedge, 1 ½ oz. of peach liqueur, 1 ½ oz. of cranberry juice, and 1 lime wedge. Shake and serve over crushed ice in a nice tall glass. This is definitely any Georgia girls drink! Did you get that one? Scarlett…tough crowd!

44. Smoked Martini

Fill a pitcher with 1 part of vodka and 1 part of scotch whiskey. Add ice, let chill and serve with lemon to taste. If you find the mix too strong, just add more ice to it.

45. Sour Apple Martini

Sour Apple martini garnished with sour apple slices.

Combine in a cocktail shaker, the following ingredients.  ½ oz. of orange liqueur, 2 oz. of citrus vodka, ½ oz. of sour apple pucker schnapps, and ¾ oz. of fresh lemon juice.  Blend and serve with apple slices, preferably green apple for the tart flavor.

46. South Beach Martini

Take 2 oz. of citrus vodka, 2 oz. of orange vodka, ¾ oz. orange liqueur, ¾ oz. of lime juice, and 1 twist of an orange peel. Blend well and serve with orange peel for that south beach feel you could use an orange local to the region. If you can’t find any local orange, a Tangerine might be nice on the side.

47. Spicy Martini

If you are in for something spicy, then why not try this one on for size? Mix 1 oz. of vermouth and 5 oz. of gin, and shake until well mixed. Serve the drink with 15 drops of hot sauce lightly mixed in for a pep in the step!

48. Strawberry Martini

Strawberry Martini on the rocks with a slice of strawberry.

Pour 1 tsp. dry vermouth, 1 ½ to 2 oz. of gin, and 1 tsp. grenadine syrup into a glass for blending with ample ice. Stir, strain and pour the mixture into a cocktail glass that’s rim has been flavored with strawberry and sugar. For the final touch toss a strawberry in your glass for luck.

49. Sunset Martini

Take 3 oz. of lemonade and 1 ½ oz. of orange rum to blend in a shaker. Place the drink in a cocktail glass that has a sugar glazed rim. For a sweet and tangy feel to it, you could dip the rim in lemon juice as well.

50. Tango Martini Cocktail

Blend together ½ oz. of triple sec, 1 splash of cranberry juice, 2 oz. of orange rum, ½ oz. of raspberry liqueur, and 1 oz. of pineapple juice. After the drink is blended, squeeze orange juice into the glasses before serving with a twist of orange.

51. Tini Rita

Take the following ingredients and combine until well blended. ½ oz. of orange liqueur, 1 splash of lime juice, 1 ¼ oz. of vodka, and 1 splash of a sweet-and-sour mix.  After mixed pour into chilled glasses and use some lime as decoration.

52. Tropical Peach Martini

In a glass combine 2 oz. of peach vodka, 2 oz. of coconut rum, and 2 oz. of ginger ale. After blending pour and serve, it is that simple.

53. Upside-Down Martini

Take one ounce of gin and two ounces of French vermouth, stir in a glass, strain and serve with lemon peel. What a classy easy French Affair that was! I wonder who this drink would pair with a plate of Escargot?

54. Vodka Martini

Two glasses of vodka Martini with olives.

Combine Vodka, dry vermouth and ice, strain pour and enjoy in a cocktail glass with an olive for a nice evening drink. Sometimes it’s fun to keep it simple, right?

55. Watermelon Martini

Watermelon Martini with balls of watermelon for garnish.

Combine the following, Ice, melon liqueur, lemon juice, watermelon juice, and citrus vodka. Once shaken, serve in a glass with a sprig of mint for that melon look.

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