Martinis with a flourish
Back in the 1920s and 30s it was common for liqueurs and other types of aromatised wines to be added to otherwise classic gin and vermouth Martinis - and it still is. Follows some examples.
With: Gin, dry vermouth, fino sherry, and triple sec.
We say: W.J. Tarling's 1937 Café Royal Cocktail Book credits the creation of this fino sherry and triple sec influenced martini to one A.J. Smith.
With: Gin, Grand Marnier, dry vermouth, rosso vermouth, and aromatic bitters.
We say: Dry yet slightly sweet with hints of orange, gin and warm spice.
With: Gin, rosso vermouth, and grenadine.
We say: This rosé coloured Martini is harder and more spirituous than it looks - perhaps why the name?
With: Equal parts gin, dry vermouth, and crème de cassis,
We say: A slug of cassis transforms a Fifty Fifty Martini into dessert cocktail.
With: Gin, dry vermouth, fino sherry, Dubonnet Red and Grand Marnier.
We say: This aromatic Martini with a flourish has rich orange notes followed by a dry sherry finish.
With: Gin, dry vermouth, and olive brine/bitters.
We say: Depending on the olive brine (or olive bitters) used, this Martini varies from delicious to disgusting.
With: Vodka, white crème de cacao, and dry vermouth.
We say: Vodka, dry vermouth and white crème de cacao.
With : Gin, vieille prune, and dry vermouth.
We say: From Harry Craddock's 1930The Savoy Cocktail Book with equal parts gin and plum brandy with dry vermouth.
With: Gin, mastiha liqueur, white crème de menthe, bianco vermouth, and peppermint bitters
We say: A digestif Martini with cooling freshness made with ingredients renowned for their digestive properties.
Gin Blossom Martini
With: Vodka, dry martini, amaretto, and gingerbread syrup.
We say: A soaking wet Vodkatini with a dose of almond and gingerbread.
With: Gin, mastiha liqueur, dry vermouth, and ouzo.
We say: Mastiha (which after all is a botanically flavoured spirit) combines wonderfully with gin and dry vermouth.
With: Gin, dry vermouth, parfait amour and orange juice.
We say: Thought to date from the 1920s, this is a wet gin martini with a mere spoon of parfait amour and orange juice.
Left Bank Martini
With: Gin, elderflower liqueur, white wine, and dry vermouth.
We say: A gin martini with white wine and elderflower liqueur.
With: Gin, marsala secco, dry vermouth and amaretto.
We say: An afront to Martini purists but with its notes of almond this is delicious.
With: Gin, rooso vermouth, absinthe, aromatic bitters, and orange flower water.
We say: A 'Sweet' Martini [it's dry and aromatic] aromatised with orange flower water, absinthe and angostura bitters.
With: Gin, dry vermouth, maraschino liqueur, and absinthe.
We say: A wet Martini with balanced hints of maraschino and absinthe.
Orange Bloom Martini
With: Gin, triple sec and rosso vermouth.
We say: Fruity, zesty, and delicately herbal. And best shaken!
With: Gin, dry vermouth, rosso vermouth, orange juice and maraschino liqueur.
We say: A Perfect Martini with orange juice and maraschino liqueur.
With: Gin, dry vermouth, absinthe, grenadine and sugar syrup.
We say: A classic dry Martini tempered by a hint of pomegranate and absinthe.
With: Gin, dry vermouth and grenadine.
We say: A wet Martini made 'easy' by a dash of pomegranate/grenadine syrup.