21 Twists on the Classic Martini (Infographic)

Lemonade martini cocktail garnished with lime and mint | © Elena Veselova / Shutterstock
Lemonade martini cocktail garnished with lime and mint | © Elena Veselova / Shutterstock
Photo of Alex Picerne
14 June 2017

There’s nothing like the sophisticated feeling you get from ordering a martini. Whether you truly enjoy the taste, or are trying out your best Sean Connery impression, the martini is a classic, iconic drink. However, sometimes classics can become a bit monotonous – here are 21 twists to make this cocktail new again.

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1. Grapefruit Gin Martini

This version is the perfect alternative to a bellini or cosmopolitan when out for brunch with friends on Sunday.

Ingredients: Navy strength gin, grapefruit juice, celery bitters, grapefruit slice to garnish.

2. Rosé Martini

What happens when you mix rosé and dry vermouth? You get one of the best alternatives to a classic martini. Plus, with just two ingredients, it’s super easy to make!

Ingredients: Rosé, dry vermouth, daisy to garnish.

3. Pomegranate Lemonade Martini

When it’s a hot summer day and you want a nice glass of lemonade, why not try this cocktail instead?

Ingredients: Gin, lemonade, pomegranate juice, lemon twist to garnish.

4. Caribbean Martini

Once you blend all these ingredients together, you’re bound to feel like you’re in either the Bahamas or Jamaica.

Ingredients: Absolut Mango vodka, Malibu coconut rum, pineapple juice, pineapple chunks, pineapple slice to garnish.

5. Lemon Drop Martini

If you’ve ever been a fan of the classic candy, then this is the drink for you.

Ingredients: Citrus vodka, Grand Marnier, sugar, lemon juice, triple sec, sweet and sour, lemon drop candies, lemon slice to garnish.

6. Hurricane Martini

There’s no need to find shelter when it comes to this martini. Just be ready for a great wave of flavour.

Ingredients: Dark rum, light rum, orange juice, grenadine, lemon juice, orange slice to garnish.

7. RumChata Martini

When you want to add a little extra something to your traditional RumChata, try this out for size.

Ingredients: RumChata, vanilla vodka, cinnamon stick to garnish.

8. Bailey’s Chocolate Martini

For anyone with a sweet tooth, this combination is a chocolate lover’s paradise.

Ingredients: Bailey’s Irish Cream liqueur, chocolate liqueur, chocolate syrup and chocolate shavings to garnish.

9. Cucumber Martini

Want something refreshing, but with a bit of a kick? Then this martini is the one for you.

Ingredients: Vodka, lime juice, fresh cucumber, mint leaves, simple syrup, cucumber slice to garnish.

10. Dreamsicle Martini

With the added scoop of ice cream, this martini may become your new guilty pleasure.

Ingredients: Orange juice, cream soda, vodka, vanilla ice cream, orange slice to garnish.

11. Watermelon Lemonade Martini

Nothing says summer quite like watermelon lemonade, making this cocktail perfect for the season.

Ingredients: Watermelon lemonade, Sprite, vodka, lemon juice, lime slice to garnish

12. French Martini

The iconic raspberry liqueur perfectly harmonises with the other two ingredients to make a delicious martini.

Ingredients: Chambord, vodka, pineapple juice.

13. Georgia Peach Martini

Inspired by Georgia’s main fruit, this martini will transport you to the Peach State.

Ingredients: Vodka, peach liqueur, peeled peach slices, crushed ice, raspberries, cranberry juice, fresh mint to garnish.

14. Seven Seas Martini

Whether you’re sailing out on the ocean or gazing at it from dry land, you’ll be able to enjoy this cocktail.

Ingredients: Amaretto, Malibu rum, blue curaçao, pineapple juice, pineapple slice to garnish.

15. Pear and Elderflower Martini

This light martini makes for a refreshing twist on the original.

Ingredients: Pear vodka, elderflower liqueur, lemon juice, simple syrup, sliced pear to garnish.

16. Moscow Mule Martini

What happens when you mix two classic cocktails together? You’ll have to try it to find out.

Ingredients: Vodka, ginger liqueur, lime juice, granulated sugar, fresh mint and lime wedge to garnish.

17. Flirtini

Even though it may be a little embarrassing to order, you will not regret trying the flirtini on your next night out.

Ingredients: Brut champagne, pineapple juice, vanilla vodka, maraschino cherry for the bottom of the glass.

18. Snickertini

Now you can enjoy the more adult version of the classic candy bar in a cocktail glass.

Ingredients: Caramel vodka, Irish cream, chocolate liqueur, Amaretto, chocolate syrup, Snickers minis and whipped cream to garnish.

19. Lavender Martini

The relaxing lavender flavour makes this the perfect cocktail to unwind with after a long day.

Ingredients: Crème de violette, gin, vodka, Domaine de Canton, St-Germain (elderflower liqueur), lavender bitters, lavender to garnish.

20. Espresso Martini

If you’re looking for an extra jolt with your caffeine fix, look no further than this cocktail. Enjoy it after dinner or during happy hour.

Ingredients: Espresso, vodka, coffee liqueur, espresso beans to garnish.

21. Honey, Fig and Thyme Martini

The marriage between the three main ingredients makes this martini a classic all on it’s own.

Ingredients: Vodka, elderflower liqueur, apple juice, honey thyme simple syrup, halved fresh figs, thyme to garnish.

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