Today is #NationalMartiniDay! Cheers!

People are sharing the #NationalMartiniDay hashtag on social networks to celebrate the drink that has been in part made so famous by James Bond because of his beloved Vodka Martini, shaken not stirred. But there is more to the cocktail than this.

We know Martini as a cocktail whose preparation consists of gin and dry white vermouth, and adding green olives to the drink. It is said, that the Italian immigrant bartender Martini di Arma di Taggia in New York City invented the drink around World War I. However, other sources believe that Martini was invented around 1860, since in 1877 the drink seem to have appeared for the first time in the bartender manual by Jerry Thomas, from the Occidental Hotel in San Francisco.

In Spirits Hunters we would like to share with you an original cocktail recipe of Martini, to totally break the mold. Here are two Martini recipes to prepare by yourself.

 

Yuliya Martini Cocktail

The Yuliya Martini is a recipe by Andrii Osypchuk, created in 2016 at Gaucho, Dubai, UAE.

Originally made using Belvedere vodka, this drink won the 2015 United Arab Emirates Belvedere cocktail competition

 

Ingredients

45 ml Ketel One Vodka

10 ml Aperitivo Cocchi Americano Bianco

2,5 ml Crème de pêche (peach) liqueur

2 dash La Fée Parisienne Absinthe Superieure

Glass

Serve in a Nick & Nora glass

Garnish

Grapefruit zest twist & drop eucalyptus oil

Method

SHAKE all ingredients with ice and fine strain into chilled glass.

 

Experimental Martini Cocktail

This cocktail is part of the Diary of a bartender, by Raimondo Palomba from Atelier Cocktail Bar. He suggests this drink as an aperitif cocktail.

Ingredients

Classic Dry Martini of Grey Goose vodka or Gin n°3

Essential oils of lemon, basil or rosemary

Pair with foie gras macaroon, fine sherry wine and squid ink on lyophilized olives

 

Glass

Mini martini glass

Method

Previously cool the mini Martini glass and put on ice the other container. Cool the mixing glass, drain the water, pour the vermouth, stir and drain the vermouth ice again, pour the gin or vodka and stir until achieving the desired cold point and dilution. Pour half mix into the mini Martini glass and the other half into the other container.

Don’t drink and drive. Enjoy responsibly.