Celebrate National Martini Day With These 5 Recipes

Happy National Martini Day! We’re celebrating by collecting some of our favorite martini recipes from over the years. And don’t worry, you don’t have to pick in the battle between dry and wet martinis! Instead, you can explore martini varieties that use a lot of vermouth, a little vermouth, or even none at all. Plus, we infuse various flavors like rose, toasted marshmallow, and even pickled radish to make sure your Martini Day cocktail is unlike anything you’ve had before. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your gin (or vodka, or the spirit of choice), as well as your bitters and your vermouth, and let’s get to work!

Dirty Martini

Two dirty martini cocktails sit in martini glasses

We had to start off with a classic. The Dirty Martini is characterized by the addition of olive brine and an olive garnish. While we only use a ⅕ oz of olive brine, you can customize this recipe to make it as dirty as you’d like. Sometimes…the dirtier the better. 

Lemon Basil Martini

a lemon basil martini cocktail in a coupe glass sitting on a white and grey marble slab with fresh basil and olive oil floating on the top of the cocktail

For those unsure about vermouth or gin in general, this Lemon Basil Martini is for you. The simple combination of Lemoncello, basil, and lemon juice makes for a sweet and herbal take on the martini. Plus, a few drops of olive oil at the end ensures a velvety smooth finish.

Toasted Marshmallow Espresso Martini

Two Toasted Marshmallow Espresso Martinis in two glasses with Nespresso pods and a cocktail shaker nearby.

Who doesn’t love an Espresso Martini for an evening pick-me-up? Well, we’re upgrading this traditional cocktail to a new level with an infusion of toasted marshmallow simple syrup. Not to mention, the use of tequila instead of vodka adds an extra kick you might not expect. 

Rose and Black Pepper Martini

A slightly yellow in color Rose and Black Pepper Martini in a martini glass sits on a white granite countertop. Rose petals are off to the side.

Florals of roses and the bite of black pepper balance each other out in this unique vodka martini. For the rose aspect we use Kingfly’s Parfait Amour Liqueur with notes of rose petals, citrus peel, Hüll Melon hops, and vanilla bean. Then, a grind of black pepper brings everything together. 

Pickled Radish Martini

Pickled Radish Martini sits in a martini glass, light pink in color, with a lemon peel and radish acting as a garnish.

While radish may not be the first thing to pop into your mind when you’re dreaming wistfully of a martini, but, the flavor combination will shock you. With Boyd & Blair’s Cucumber Vodka as the base, a little bit of radish pickling liquid goes a long way to craft this tangy, sweet surprise.

Story Kylie Thomas 

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