Martini Cocktail

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Fresh Fruit Martinis

Words by Simon Difford

These fruity Neo-Martinis emerged and became very popular in London during the 1990s where they were particularly synonymous with the Met Bar, a member's bar that was so fashionable that it became famous for A-listers being refused entry.

At their simplest Fresh Fruit Martinis, or "Fruitinis", are vodka-based with fresh fruit juice, or indeed vegetable juice and a splash of sugar syrup. When made with freshly pressed/squeezed or muddled fruit, and the right balance of sugar, these can be very tasty crowd-pleasing cocktails. It's only the misappropriation of the name "Martini" that might offend some.

Top 5 Fresh Fruit Martinis

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Watermelon Martini - vodka, muddled watermelon and sugar syrup.

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Pineapple & Cardamon Martini - Created in 2002 by Henry Besant, as the name suggests this vodka based cocktail does indeed have pineapple and cardamom.

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Apple Martini - vodka, apple juice and sugar syrup. Not to be confused with the American Sour Apple Martini above made with apple liqueur rather than fresh juice.

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Kee-Wee Martini - vodka, muddled cucumber and sugar syrup.

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Melon Martini - vodka, fresh cantaloupe melon and sugar syrup.