6 Martini Recipes — With a Twist!
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6 Tasty Twists on a Classic Martini

These martini recipes transform the classic cocktail with only just a few new ingredients. (Photo: Taryn Elliott/Pexels)

A martini is already a perfect cocktail… but sometimes it’s fun to switch things up! Here are six martini recipes that put a spin on the classic gin drink.

If you happen to want a little help picking out the best spirit, take a look at the 8 best gins for a martini.

Nativo Dirty Martini

(Photo: Las Californias Gin)

This recipe comes courtesy of Las Californias Gin and was created by Andrea Grujic. Las Californias Nativo is a uniquely saline gin with sultry herb-forward tasting notes of sage and pine. If you can’t find Las Californias Nativo, use your favorite savory modern gin.

  • 2.5 oz. Las Californias Nativo
  • 0.5 oz. Dolin Dry Vermouth
  • 0.25 oz. Caper Brine
  • Garnish: Nori seaweed crisp cut into a triangle

Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice to chill and dilute. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a seaweed crisp.

Finlandia & Fords Vesper

(Photo: Dominic Episcopo)

This recipe comes courtesy of Finlandia Vodka Global Mixologist, Pekka Pellinen. Finlandia Vodka, made from pure glacial spring water and golden Suomi barley, and Fords Gin, made from a menagerie of nine worldly botanicals, unite in this unique martini riff famously invented by “James Bond” author Ian Fleming.

Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice cubes. Stir well and strain your cocktail into a chilled martini glass.

“Original” Martini

We could go on and on about the origin of the martini and its curious evolution over its many years of existence. But, we’ll try to keep this as short and sweet as possible so you can get to the recipe.

This cocktail pays homage to the martini’s believed 1860s origin when a sweetened style of gin called Old Tom was used alongside dashes of bitters, Maraschino liqueur and sweet vermouth. A common theory suggests that the martini was derived from a cocktail called the Martinez.

If you don’t have a bottle of Old Tom at the ready, this recipe gives the imbiber a good idea of what the first martinis would have tasted like by including a small measure of simple syrup.

  • 2 oz. Gin of choice
  • 0.5 oz. Sweet vermouth
  • Barspoon of simple syrup
  • 2 dashes Orange bitters
  • Garnish: lemon peel (discarded) and green olives on a cocktail skewer

As per usual, combine your wet ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and stir for about 30 seconds. Strain your cocktail into a frozen martini or coupe glass. Express your lemon peel over the cocktail and rub it along the rim of the glass. Top your cocktail with a green-olive skewer and enjoy!

Premier Cru Martini

(Photo: Bombay Sapphire)

This cocktail recipe comes courtesy of Bombay Sapphire and uses the dry French vermouth Noilly prat along with a lemon-forward dry gin. If you don’t have Premier Cru at the ready, use your favorite citrussy gin.

  •  60 ml Premier Cru
  • 15 ml Noilly Pratt
  • Garnish: Nocerella olive

Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass with ice and stir to chill down. Strain your cocktail into a frozen martini glass and garnish accordingly.

Soju Martini

This recipe may break the hearts of martini purists, so we ask them to please turn their heads for a brief moment while we pour Soju and gin into a mixing glass.

For the uninitiated, Soju is a popular Korean alcoholic beverage typically distilled from rice. The drink can range from 12.9% to 53% ABV and comes in a variety of flavors like lychee, peach and grapefruit.

  • 2 oz. Gin of choice
  • 1 oz. Soju (you can go with the classic version or pick out a fruity flavor!)
  • Garnish: Grapefruit twist

Stir your gin and Soju together in an ice-filled mixing glass until chilled. Strain your cocktail into a frozen martini glass and garnish with a grapefruit twist that has been expressed over the cocktail.

Kelp Martini

(Photo: Las Californias Gin)

This recipe is from Las Californias Gin and incorporates the deep citrus and complex floral, spicy notes of Black Lemon Bitters.

  • 2.5 oz. Las Californias Nativo
  • 0.5 oz. Lo Fi Dry Vermouth
  • 2 dashes of Black Lemon Bitters
  • Garnish: Nori cut into long rectangle

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and stir with ice. Strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with nori.


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Candie Getgen is the managing editor for Gin Raiders. Before immersing herself in the world of spirits journalism, Candie has been many things: a bartender, a literary journal editor, an English teacher — and even a poet. Now, Candie shares her passion for gin with the world and hopes to help others fall in love with it, too (if they haven't already!). When not writing, Candie enjoys sipping an extra-dry martini while painting or relaxing by the pool with a campy mystery novel.