As you’re all probably well familiar, a classic Martini is a mix of Gin and Vermouth. The group of drinks called martinis, however, can be made from almost any spirit and all they really have in common is that they’re strong, flavourful, and served in a martini glass. Martinis have evolved into a particular style of cocktail, and spawned a whole culture of bars which outdo themselves to invent new combinations of colours and tastes.
Initially, the Gin was simply replaced with another spirit to create a variety of drinks that still revolved around Vermouth. The Manhattan uses Whiskey, a Rob Roy has Scotch, and a Jean Harlow tried it with Rum.
Then bartenders started getting more creative and added a little fruit juice to the mix. A Tuxedo adds cherry and anise liqueurs to the Gin and Vermouth, and the Bronx adds orange juice. The Gimlet dropped the Vermouth altogether and simply paired the Gin with lime. After that, the Martini was anyone’s game.
Vodka martinis are the ones that go all-out in playing with different flavours and textures. Everything from hot peppers to chocolate have been added to the spirit, and they are now grouped into fruit martinis, dessert martinis, and spice or herb varieties.
The Lemon Drop Martini is one of the less complicated fruity ones, and has a nice undertone of orange. If you’re just getting into the martini world, you could do worse than starting right here.
Here’s how to make a Lemon Drop Martini:
- 45ml Vodka
- 15ml Triple Sec
- 30ml Lemon Juice
- 15ml Sugar Syrup
- Moisten the rim of a Martini glass with a wedge of lemon
- Turn the glass upside down into a dish of sugar to coat the rim
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
- Add all ingredients
- Shake vigorously
- Strain into the sugar-rimmed Martini glass
- Garnish with a slice of lemon
- Cocktail shaker
- Martini glass