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Martinis

The classics from the olive martini to the new exotic flavoured vodka martinis. You'll find your favourite recipes here and maybe a few new ones as well.

A martini is often referred to as a drink that contains dry vermouth and vodka or gin. However, this definition is considered to be a bit outdated. The martini of today is much different than it used to be, and now can contain just about any ingredient the maker chooses to use.

The martini is a drink that has been around for quite some time. Unfortunately, no one knows exactly where it first came onto the scene or how it got its name..

Some say that the martini was first created in 1928 and was known by the name Martinez. Others believe that it was actually created in 1870 in Martinez, California.

Those who believe the latter feel that is was created for a miner visiting Julio Richelieuís saloon. When Julio supposedly created the drink, he added an olive and gave it the name Martinez, as a tribute to the townís name. Today, people of Martinez, California still believe that their hometown was the birthplace of the Martini.

Another story claims that the drink got its name because of the Martini and Henry firearms that were used in 1871 by those serving in the British army.

Lastly, it was said that a bartender named Martini di Arma di Taggia, who worked in New Yorkís Knickerbocker Hotel, created the drink in 1911. However, the story of this head bartender may not be valid, considering the word Martini was actually mentioned for the first time in 1888 in a bartending manual.

Although we may never know the martiniís true origin, we will still consider to enjoy the drink.

Please start by choosing a letter at the top of the page, or try one of the examples below.

Example Martinis

Chocolate Martini #3
Absolut Vodka, Brown Creme de Cacao, Creme de Banane, White Creme de Cacao
Ciroc Carmeltini
CIROC Vodka, Godiva Caramel Milk Chocolate Liqueur
Coconut Cream Pie Martini
Coconut Rum, Ginger Ale, Rum Chata, Smirnoff Whipped Cream Vodka
Honest Broker
Broker's London Dry Gin, Brown Creme de Cacao, Butterscotch Schnapps, Double Cream, Green Creme de Menthe, Kahlua
Sweet Heat
Agave Nectar, Ginger, Lime Juice, Pepper, SKYY Infusions Ginger Vodka