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From the classic renditions to modern interpretations, the martini continues to be enjoyed by cocktail connoisseurs around the globe. Brush up on some delicious recipes and celebrate Martini Day on the 19th of June!

Though historians and bartenders are still unsure about why it’s called a ‘martini’, the classic cocktail remains a recognisable hallmark of elegance, charm, and sophistication - much like the suave superspy who popularised it. Whether you take them shaken or stirred, martinis come in countless variants and funky flavours to please every palate. Read on to browse different recipes derived from or inspired by the iconic martini. Why not try making these at home, to discover your martini-of-choice.... just in time for Martini Day!

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1. The Classic Gin Martini

Reach for the top shelf and let the liquor shine with the classic gin martini. Using minimal ingredients (just gin and vermouth), the iconic drink is an absolute breeze to prepare. Play around with the ratios and optional components like bitters and garnishes to make this popular cocktail your own! Get the recipe here

2. The Vodka Martini

Not a big fan of gin? The vodka martini may be the one for you! As another simple but elegant member of the martini family, this cocktail puts the smooth, clean profile of quality vodka centre stage, so make sure to use one you really love. Get the recipe here

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3. The Vesper Martini

Featuring both gin and vodka, James Bond’s drink of choice really packs a punch. First described in Chapter 7 of Ian Flemming’s Casino Royale, the vesper martini is made with “three measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, [and] half a measure of Kina Lillet” - shaken, not stirred of course. Get the recipe here.

4. The Espresso Martini

Calling all coffee addicts! These coffee-loaded espresso martinis, which are a personal favourite, are a great way to kickstart an eventful evening, bestowing you with the energy and liquid courage to dance the night away, all in one delicious glass (okay, maybe a few more). Get the recipe here.

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5. The Lychee Martini

Give the cocktail a delicious twist by throwing some lychee into the mix! Also known as a “lycheetini”, this sweeter variety is sure to win over those hesitant about the dryness of the traditional martinis. Elevate your mixology game even further by using homemade lychee syrup and lychee liqueur - but make these ahead of time to draw out the best flavours from this beautiful fruit! Get the recipe here.

6. The Gibson

A Gibson is a tipple that consists of gin and dry vermouth and is garnished with pickled onions instead of olives. Many bartenders say that it is derived from or is a variation of the much-loved classic martini. It is said that this cocktail was first made in San Francisco by a businessman named Walter D.K. Gibson during the 1800s at a private establishment called The Bohemian Club. 

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7. The Tuxedo

The Tuxedo is yet another iteration of the martini. This time, the cocktail features gin, dry Vermouth, orange bitters, maraschino and Absinthe. This drink of choice was born during the 1800s as well and was named after the Tuxedo Club in Orange County, New York.

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  • Wordsadditional reporting by Isabel Francisco
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