The word “Martini” can have a number of different meanings, be it a vodka Martini, gin Martini, Dirty Martini, a Gibson, ultra-dry (skip the vermouth) or super-wet (a Reverse Martini) and every permutation in-between. When it comes to choosing the base spirit for one’s Martini, most are staunchly in one of two camps: gin or vodka, and each has its own distinct influence on the drink.
This cocktail, Coco Chanel, puts a whimsical, floral spin on the classic vodka Martini. It features the addition of two interesting flavor elements—coconut and elderflower—which together call for somewhat of a blank canvas, hence the use of vodka in place of gin. It’s a Martini variation that is sleek and sophisticated, like its designer namesake.
3 ounces coconut vodka
1 ounce elderflower liqueur
Add the coconut vodka and elderflower liqueur into a mixing glass with ice and stir until well-chilled.
Strain into a cocktail glass.