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Winter and coffee goes together like summer and the beach, so ditch your vodka cocktail and bring in the weekend with this coffee martini. If you don’t have an espresso machine, create your own by making a small batch of instant coffee – while you may not get the crema, you’ll still get the flavour!
125ml (1/2 cup) freshly brewed espresso coffee, cooled
90ml Tia Maria liqueur
60ml (1/4 cup) vodka
Ice cubes, to serve
- Place the coffee, Tia Maria, vodka and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake to combine.
- Strain the coffee mixture and divide between chilled serving glasses.
Recipe via Taste
Although a classic martini cocktail is usually made from gin and vermouth, we’re changing the game a little and suggesting a few variations which everyone can enjoy.
Create these delicious cocktails for a dinner party, casual drinks, or even a get-together, and impress your friends at the same time!
Ingredients: Creme de violette, gin, vodka, St. Germaine, lavender
If you prefer your beverage on the sweeter side, this lavender martini certainly won’t disappoint. Add all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker, throw in some ice and shake well for at least 30 seconds. Don’t forget to garnish with a few sprigs of fresh lavender as well.
Pineapple Coconut Martini
Ingredients: Pineapple juice, gin, coconut rum, vanilla extract, lime juice, lillet
Try this fruity martini cocktail featuring delicious pineapple juice, which is sure to please everyone’s taste palette. Serve with something on the salty side such as pretzels or mixed nuts.
Ingredients: Fluffed marshmallow vodka, Tres Leches liqueur, white chocolate Godiva liqueur, half and half, gin
Okay, we know it’s not quite Christmas yet, but this yummy marshmallow martini just couldn’t wait until December (or even July). Made with delicious marshmallow vodka, it’s a rich beverage that isn’t exactly ideal if you’re watching those calories.
Ingredients: Gin, St Germain liqueur, grapefruit juice, grapefruit wedge, thyme
Combine all of the ingredients into a shaker with some ice, then pour through a strainer directly into a martini glass. If you’re feeling extra creative, rim the glass with the wedge for additional flavour.
Raspberry Limeade Martini
Ingredients: Raspberry or plain vodka, lemonade, raspberry garnish, lime or lemon slice
With only 4 ingredients, this is the perfect cocktail to create if you just don’t have time on your side. Pour the vodka and lemonade into a shaker with a few ice cubes. Strain into a martini glass, and garnish with raspberry, lime or lemon.
French Pear Martini
Ingredients: St Germain elderflower liqueur, pear vodka, champagne, granulated sugar, lemon wedge, pear
The perfect party cocktail which takes less than 5 minutes to create and tastes absolutely amazing. If you can’t get your hands on pear flavoured vodka, use something which is equally as fruity – no one will even notice the difference!
Bachelor’s Button Martini Cocktail
Ingredients: Sugar, water, carnation petals, gin, Lillet Blanc, simple syrup, lemon juice, egg white
So, we’ve left the best until last. This springtime cocktail features all the best parts of a classic cocktail – gin, egg white and carnation petals.
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Fashion isn’t the only realm under the influence of Mad Men. The series, set in 1960s Manhattan, has also ushered in a return to traditional drinking tastes. Don Draper and his buddies are rarely seen without a drink in hand – and they like the hard stuff. If you’re looking to impress at your next cocktail party – try these on for style.
1 sugar cube
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Splash of soda water
1 Maraschino cherry
Put ice in a tumbler, add ingredients, stir and garnish with an orange slice and/or a maraschino cherry.
0.5oz dry vermouth
If you like your martini like 007 – shaken, not stirred – shake the gin and vermouth in a cocktail shaker. Otherwise, just pour them into a martini glass and garnish with olives on a toothpick.
4oz tomato juice
3-5 dashes of tabasco
2 dashes worcestershire sauce
1/2 lime (juice only)
1 celery stalk
Salt and pepper to taste
Put ice in a tall glass and vodka, tomato juice, worcestershire sauce, lime (or lemon) juice , and tobacco. Add salt and pepper as desired, and garnish with celery stalk.
2oz white tequila
1oz lime juice
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and serve in a cocktail glass with a salted rim.
1oz dry gin
1oz sweet vermouth
Serve straight up or on the rocks, with an orange slice or peel to garnish.
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