Whether you prefer gin or vodka with a splash of vermouth, shaken or stirred, a chilled martini is a timeless classic. We’ve selected a few of our favorites—offering a spin on the traditional, these recipes feature everything from fresh fruit juice to savory Indian spices.
Fifty-Fifty or the Perfect Martini
Inspired by the original Fitty Fitty at the Pegu Club, this vodka martini is an even split of vodka and vermouth, with a little orange bitters added for depth.
This crisp, almost spa-like take on the martini has a hint of sweetness and a fresh, green aroma.
This off-dry cocktail skews savory, thanks to the sherry.
Basil-infused vodka gives this simple cocktail a light, crisp edge.
Bottled in the same spot in Iceland, brisk, dry Martin Miller’s Gin and tannic, spruce-flavored Björk liqueur make a great duo, particularly matched with bitters and an herbaceous Alpine amaro in this layered drink meant to evoke northern climes.
Vodka, coffee, coffee liqueur, and cream are mixed with vanilla liqueur in this cocktail, which sits somewhere between a classic espresso martini and a White Russian.
St. Dill Martini
With mustard seeds, dill sprigs, and a snappy kosher dill set in vodka, the St. Dill is a twist on the classic dirty martini.
This bracing vodka drink gets its resinous, pungent aroma from a good dose of curry leaves, which are both muddled in the drink and floated on top as a garnish.
Fresh celery and lemon juices, Lillet, celery bitters, and gin combine for a clean and vegetal cocktail with a bright green hue.
Cumin and salt add pungent flavor to this twist on a gin gimlet from chef Manish Mehrotra of New Delhi restaurant Indian Accent, located in The Manor boutique hotel in New Delhi’s tony Friends Colony neighborhood.
Tangy, crisp Manzanilla sherry makes for a wholly new take on the dry Martini.
Original Dry Martini
A London dry gin can stand up to a lot more vermouth than you might suspect. The original 1910s-era formula for this iconic drink demonstrates that fact elegantly.