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7 Great Martini Recipes ...

By Jennifer

Is there anything more refreshing and delicious during the summer than a chilled martini? And there are so many different kinds, from fruity to chocolaty to salty, there’s bound to be a martini to satisfy every craving. Not sure which martini might be right for you? Here are 7 great martini recipes… remember, no matter how good the recipe is, if you’re using cheap, nasty vodka, the martini won’t be very good…

1 Chocolate Martini

Chocolate MartiniIngredients: ¾ ounce of Vanilla flavored vodka, ¾ ounce Godiva Chocolate Liqueur

This is one of my favorite martinis, all year round! Add the vodka and chocolate liqueur to a shaker full of ice, shake well, and strain into a martini glass. Add a couple of chocolate shavings as a garnish, or a sprig of mint. So rich!

2 Cheesecake Martini

Cheesecake MartiniIngredients: ¾ ounce of Strawberry flavored vodka, ¾ ounce vanilla flavored vodka, 1 splash of cranberry juice, crumbled graham crackers

Who doesn’t love cheesecake? This martini really does taste like cheesecake too! Twist the top of a martini glass into the graham cracker crumbs to garnish the rim with them. Add the vodka and juice to a shaker full of ice, shake well, and strain into the martini glass.

3 Baileys Espresso Martini

Baileys Espresso MartiniIngredients: 1 ounce of Baileys Irish Cream, ½ ounce of vodka, 1 ounce of espresso

For anyone who loves the kick, flavor, and aroma of coffee, this martini is sure to charm! Add all of the ingredients to a shaker full of ice, shake well, and strain into a martini glass. Add a couple of chocolate-covered coffee beans to the bottom as a garnish… I love it!

4 Bullet Martini

Bullet MartiniIngredients: 1 ounce of dry gin, ¼ ounce of sambuca, 1 splash of lemon juice, 1 splash of sugar syrup, 1 tsp of lemon zest

For lack of a better expression, this is one bad-ass martini, with so much, flavor it’s not for the faint of heart! Add everything to a shaker full of ice, shake well, and strain into a martini glass. Use a lemon sugar rock candy stick as a garnish, or just a curl of lemon wedge.

5 Pomegranate Margarita Martini

Pomegranate Margarita MartiniIngredients: 1½ ounces of gold tequila, 3 ounces of margarita mix, 2 ounces of pomegranate juice, 1 lime wheel, 1 tbsp salt

Line the rim of the martini glass with the salt. Add everything else to a shaker full of ice, shake well, and strain into the martini glass. Garnish with the lime wedge. The pomegranate juice tastes so sweet, and really sets off the tequila!

6 Dirty Martini

Dirty MartiniIngredients: 1 ½ ounces of vodka, splash of olive juice, 2 chilled green olives on a long pick

This martini is another of my favorites, so unique and so delicious! Stir together the vodka and juice and pour into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with the olives-on-a-stick… and enjoy! It’s salty, rich, and so delicious!

7 Pear Martini

Pear MartiniIngredients: 1½ ounces top-shelf tequila, 1 ounce pear puree, 1 splash of fresh lemon juice, ¾ ounce simple syrup, 1 lime wheel

I love pear flavor, and love just about anything with it, including this tasty, zesty martini! Just add everything to a shaker full of ice, shake well, and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with the lime wheel.

With so many delicious martini recipes, and so many summer days left, it’s time to start trying these out to see which one you like best… and make it your signature drink! Or maybe there’s another martini recipe you’ve already claimed as your own? Please let me know!

Top Photo Credit: Sgt. Gooch

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