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Types of Martinis to Try

We get used to drinking the same cocktails over and over. The original classic martini is still a classic, but some days fun martinis better suit the mood. Here we have a little background into how these drinks came about, plus some great recipes to test out with friends or family!

The Evolution of the Martini

A Cocktail known as the Martinez

The true origin of the martini is draped in mystery! The heavy reliance on sweet vermouth in the original Martinez cocktail, plus the sweeter Old Tom Gin would have made this a truly sweet and very red drink. The transformation into what is considered a modern Martini happened gradually.

Where are Cocktails Today?

This legendary drink has progressed significantly since those days. Vodka is substituted for gin and fruit or coffee flavours have entered the mix. Understanding both classic and fun martinis are key to any great bartending course. We outline the basics on gin martinis on Day #3 of our program. This also includes discussing how to make a Gibson martini… and making a martini ‘wet’.

It seems like almost any vodka and juice cocktail can be mixed up as a sipping martini. For those of you interested in only the drinks, check out seven of our favourite recipes outlined below. Note that these recipes are always open to a little modification depending on what your guests are interested in, plus what you might have for fresh ingredients! We’ve kept all these recipes to only two ounces of liquor, but that’s only so you can pace yourself while trying all of them.

Types of Martinis to Try Ingredients

Pomegranate Tanqueray Martini

Here we have a cocktail mixed up with hints of juniper from the gin, flavours of orange and citrus plus a little pomegranate juice. If you have added grenadine to your home bar, consider a small dash of the red sticky syrup to your cocktail as well.

The Essential Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 oz of Tanqueray Gin
  • 1/2 oz Cointreau Liqueur
  • 1/4 tsp of fresh squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 3 oz Pomegranate Juice (fresh juice is always preferred)
  • Sugar (optional for rimming glass)
  • Lemon Wedge

How to Make and Serve as a Cocktail

  1. Chill Martini Glass with ice in it for 3 minutes
  2. Take a fresh lemon wedge and run it around the rim of the glass
  3. Rim the glass with sugar (if you wish)
  4. Fill your mixing glass with ice
  5. Add pomegranate juice, Vodka, Lemon Juice, and Cointreau to the mixing glass
  6. Add your shaker tine and shake vigorously 8-12 times
  7. Strain into your chilled glass
  8. Garnish with the lemon wedge and serve


Chill the glass for at least 5 minutes with ice. The rim of the chilled glass needs to be coated in lemon juice and dipped straight into sugar to evenly coat the rim.  The drink needs to be mixed and added directly into the ready to go chilled, lemon dipped, sugar coated rimed martini glass so it can be enjoyed fresh.

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