The Dry Martini is a classic cocktail that, like a tailored suit, is timeless. Although the original of the tipple is unclear, the Dry Martini has maintained a place in cocktail history due to being easy to use and endlessly sophisticated. Elegant for the fancy and boozy for the heavy-handed, this potation is truly the everyman's cocktail.
One olive or two? Gin or Vodka? Shaken or stirred? Like the infamous Dry Martini, there's no right way to make this savory classic. With a clouded origin story that ranges from San Francisco to New York, this salty cocktail will give you panache no matter how you decide to make it.
Who says medicine can't taste amazing? This essential cocktail was created for sailors as a way to prevent scurvy. It didn't take long to realize that this preventative drink was also delicious. While scurvy may be of the past, it seems like this tart tipple is here to stay.
It's easy to see why the dark rum-based Daiquiri is a classic. The perfectly balanced combination of sweet, sour and spirit is refreshing and tangy, but also quite simple to make at home. Try making the recipe below and add this fool-proof drink to your bartending arsenal.
According to Gary Regan’s research, the original Cosmopolitan was created by a South Beach bartender named Cheryl Cook. Eager to invent a new cocktail for the Martini glass, Cheryl riffed on the classic Kamikaze using a newly introduced citrus-flavored vodka plus a splash of cranberry juice. The rest is rose-hued history.
Pay tribute to 007 by mixing up his signature Vesper cocktail. The drink first appeared in Ian Fleming's 1953 novel Casino Royale when Bond asked for "Three measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it's ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?"
How does and adult appease their sweet tooth? The Peanut Butter Cup Martini, a cocktail with peanut rum, chocolate and vodka, ought to do the trick nicely. Take that Reese’s!
This classic Martini uses a classic London dry-style gin.
Drink like the husband-and-wife detective team in The Thin Man.
The Martini’s savory second cousin, the Gibson uses a pickled cocktail onion in place of the typical briny olive to add an umami undertone to the classic cocktail. The Gibson is believed to have been created by San Francisco businessman Walter D.K. Gibson in the late 1800s, who thought that eating onions prevented colds, hence the addition of the mini allium.
It doesn’t get more elegant than a classic gin Martini.
Strike it rich with ginger liqueur and bourbon.
If you favor a vodka-based Martini, why not fill yours with a spirit boasting a rich, centuries-old legacy? The Nolet family has been distilling spirits in the Netherlands since 1691, which means Ketel One is the ideal partner for dry vermouth in a classic Vodka Martini.
The perfect summer cocktail.
Celebrate the Scottish folk hero with the classic whisky-based Rob Roy cocktail. This recipe is similar to the beloved Manhattan, but uses Scotch instead of rye whiskey and orange bitters instead of aromatic bitters. The difference is delicious—try it for yourself.
The most important meal of the day just got a whole lot more fun.
Don’t fear: This crimson cocktail gets its bite from bold blanco tequila, not venom. Agave nectar and muddled blackberries soften that bite with a hint of sweetness, and give the Black Widow its signature spooky hue. Don’t forget the fresh basil and blackberry garnish for the full effect.
A potent mix of strong coffee and sweet liqueur, the Kahlua Espresso Martini laughs in the face of Martini traditionalist. If you're a decadent drinker, have this cocktail with your pinky up.
Candy in a glass. Err, on a glass, with a real Peppermint Pattie as garnish.
Pure decadence in cocktail form.
Take a lesson in suave drinking with this classic Martini recipe.
James Bond wouldn’t want any fruit in his signature cocktail, but maybe you do.
Don't worry about the name; there's no reason to doubt this classic cocktail.
Climb aboard a tequila and espresso delight.
Enjoy a little crunch with the smooth taste of Baileys.
It doesn't have to be Halloween to enjoy this cocktail.
You don’t have to be from the east or old to enjoy this St-Germain, Plymouth Gin, cucumber and mint cocktail.
Forget that olde tyme English with this cocktail.
Enjoy Japanese whisky's sweeter side.
The Land of the Rising Sun transforms this cognac classic.
Painted face not required.
Ignore James Bond’s famous instructions and stir this vodka-based Martini instead of shaking. As British author W. Somerset Maugham once stated, “Martinis should always be stirred, not shaken, so that the molecules lie sensuously one on top of the other.” Wise words for gin and vodka Martinis alike.
Enjoy your favorite rye whiskey in this Dubonnet and Cointreau drink from Brian Miller.
Pumpkin cocktails shouldn't be reserved for Halloween and Thanksgiving. This Martini uses pumpkin spice liqueur so you can enjoy it all year round.
This two-ingredient take on the classic Martini is named for the fashion icon.
Try Dan Warner's simple but elegant Beefeater 24 Gin Martini.
Get into an autumn mood.
It may look like one, but this sweet concoction is anything but a Martini.
We give this simple gin-and-Campari drink an A-plus.
Like Cosmopolitans? Try this flavorful and easy tequila version of the drink.
Despite its name, there are no geographical limitations for this gin cocktail.
Toast the host of the 2016 Olympics with this acai, blueberry and lemonade combo.
This Champagne and Aperol combo is frothy, fizzy and sophisticated.
Simple, sweet and sour.
Just as pretty as the holiday plant, and this one sparkles too.
This pear cocktail gets a boost from bubbly.
She may seem demure, but she packs a powerful punch.
It only takes one ingredient to make this classic a perfect ten. Tanqueray No. Ten is distilled with whole citrus instead of dried citrus peel, and includes grapefruit, orange and lime, along with juniper, coriander and a hint of chamomile. Don’t forget the perfect garnish to match: a grapefruit twist.
Replace the vermouth in a classic Martini with Scotch and you get something altogether different.
Rekindle winter Olympic glory with this multinational cocktail.