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Holly Jolly Christmas Martini Recipe
Dedicated to Burl Ives

  • 3 oz Gin
  • 1/2 oz Dry Vermouth
  • 1 tspn Peppermint Schnapps
  • 1 small candy cane

Add the gin, vermouth and peppermint schnapps together into a cocktail shaker which is filled halfway with cold, cracked ice. Shake well and then strain the delicious mixture into a chilled cocktail glass. Hang the small candy cane off the side of the rim and voila - you have the Burl Ives' Holly Jolly Christmas Martini.

Burl Ives' Holly Jolly Christmas Martini Recipe


Baklava Martini
We take from the Greeks in our celebration of the fall/autumn season with the Baklava Martini. The closest ting to eating this delicious Greek dessert.

  • 1 fluid ounce amaretto liqueur
  • 3 fluid ounces gin
  • 1 fluid ounce creme de cacao
  • 1 1/2 fluid ounces simple syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Combine amaretto, gin, creme de cacao, simple syrup, and cinnamon in a cocktail shaker full of ice. Shake the mixture together and then strain it all into 2 martini glasses.

En-Lighten-Mint Martini
Perfect for Spring and Mother's Day. Hemingway may even have tried one!

  • 1 oz Cucumber Infused Clique Vodka
  • 3 Lemon wheels
  • 3 oz Sparkling water
  • 1 Mint sprig

Muddle infused vodka, 2 lemon wheels and mint sprig. Strain into a tall glass with ice and top with soda water. Garnish with a cucumber strip and lemon wheel.

Clique Vodka En-Lighten-Mint Martini


Baklava Martini
We take from the Greeks in our celebration of the fall/autumn season with the Baklava Martini. The closest ting to eating this delicious Greek dessert.

  • 1 fluid ounce amaretto liqueur
  • 3 fluid ounces gin
  • 1 fluid ounce creme de cacao
  • 1 1/2 fluid ounces simple syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Combine amaretto, gin, creme de cacao, simple syrup, and cinnamon in a cocktail shaker full of ice. Shake the mixture together and then strain it all into 2 martini glasses.

Lefty O'Doul's Pineapple Martini Recipe
JC writes in to the Muse:
"a few weeks ago my wife and I were in San Francisco and stopped in Lefty O'Douls for drinks... she had a SKYY infused pineapple martini that she loved... I've looked all over for a recipe and can't find one...do you know of any?"

Well, JC, we were wondering how Lefty O'Doul's made their Pineapple Martini also so we called them. We spoke with Chuck Davis, the Manager/Bartender. He was the bartender who made your pineapple martini.

  • 1 ½ oz. SKYY pineapple vodka
  • 1/8 oz. dry vermouth
  • Chill the mixed concoction
  • Serve it all up in a martini shell glass
  • Optional: add a slice of pineapple on side of glass as a garnish

Manmohan Prashar's Real Martini Recipe
Manmohan Prashar emailed us this simple, pure and tasty martini recipe:

  • 1 part red dry vermouth
  • 2 part vodka
  • 3 part gin

Step 1: start with vermouth; measure 1 part, drop a few drops in a chilled cocktail glass; rotate the glass so that vermouth is spread on the glass walls. Pour rest of the vermouth left in the measure glass in cocktail shaker.

Step 2: Add 2 parts vodka to the cocktail shaker.

Step 3: Add 3 part gin to the cocktail shaker.

Shake well and serve
Manmohan Prashar

  Meadow Lark Vodka Martini

Mike Sherwood of Santa Rosa Spirits writes The Muse that he's been experimenting with two infusions from Sub Rosa Spirits. Nothing radical and, that he says, is the point. He likes mixing Elderflower Liqueur with Tarragon Vodka. The Saffron and Cointreau seemed destined as partners, "very lush and warming", he says. Mike adds a hint of fine freshly ground black pepper into a plain Tarragon martini. Grinding in white pepper also works well. The martini is meant to be understated which brings out the delicate flavor of the tarragon.

  • 1/4 oz. St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur
  • 2 oz. Sub Rosa Tarragon Vodka
  • splash of lemon juice
  • 2 oz. soda water

Combine all ingredients into a martini glass over cold ice - check out Swank Martini Glasses for a nice selection of classic, cool and artsy martini glasses - and shake. The elderflowers bring imagery of a fresh summer meadow at sunrise. The Meadow Lark is Oregon's state bird.

  The Marseille Airport Martini

The Marseille Airport Martini may require 1-2 ounces of ginger ale or a juice of your liking. The weekend bartender at Serattos make this one with a little soda water mixed in. Soda cut the sweetness of the orange liqueur but need to play with this one a little more. The Marseille Airport Martini has a pale yellow orange cast to if from the Saffron vodka and Cointreau. The aroma is warm and familiar yet not completely identifiable due to the toasted cumin wafting over the orange liqueur and fresh lime. Think Golden Cosmopolitan minus the juice.

  • 2 ounces Sub Rosa Saffron infused vodka
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • 1/2 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 2 dashes Peychaud's bitters (Orange bitters will work as well)

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with cracked ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a long twist of lime.

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Martini Musings

"I bought a piano once because I had the dream of playing As Time Goes By as some girl's leaning on it drinking a martini. Great image. But none of it worked out. I can't even play Chopsticks. But I've got a nice piano at my house!"
                              — George Clooney

George Clooney was born in Lexington, Kentucky on May 6, 1961. He's an American actor, film director, producer, and screenwriter. He's most well kown for his acting roles in The Nick Clooney Show :), ER, the Oceans 11 franchise, Michael Clayton, Batman & Robin, and most recently, Gravity with Sandra Bullock.



"As far I'm concerned, being an adult is way more fun than being a kid. But then I was a kid who wanted to be an adult. I'd watch shows like 'Bewitched' and see Darren come home and mix a martini and I'd go, 'That looks awesome! I want to do that!"
                              — Paul Feig

Paul S. Feig was born in Mount Clemens, Michigan on September 17, 1962. He's an American director, actor and author and is most well known for directing Bridesmaids (2011) and some episodes of The Office, Arrested Development, 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, and Mad Men. He created Freaks and Geeks.



Ode to My Sixth Martini
Rising high above the bar,
Your frosted stem reveals how chilled you are.
Clear and crisp and dry as dust
I'll drink you now. I will, I must!

Oh perfect gin Martini
No one shall e'er impeach you
Now, if only I could stand upright,
Just long enough to reach you.
                              — Waltzing Rhino



"I'm not talking a cup of cheap gin splashed over an ice cube. I'm talking satin, fire, and ice; Fred Astaire in a glass; surgical cleanliness; insight and comfort; redemption and absolution. I'm talking a Martini."
                              — Anonymous



"One martini is all right. Two are too many, and three are not enough."
                              — James Thurber

James Thurber, (December 8, 1894 – November 2, 1961) was an American author, cartoonist and, like Dorothy Parker, a celebrated wit and writer for The New Yorker. One of the most popular and celebrated humorists of the 20th century.



"I like to drink martinis. Two at the most. Three I'm under the table, four I'm under the host."
                              — Dorothy Parker

Dorothy Parker, (August 22, 1893 – June 7, 1967) was an American poet, Hollywood screenwriter, critic and satirist of urban foibles. Famed writer for The New Yorker and a founding member of The Algonquin Round Table.



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"The trouble with jogging is that the ice falls out of your glass."
                              — Martin Mull

Martin Mull, August 18, 1943 – thankfully still living and laughing, is a humorist and American actor who has starred in many comedic and dramatic roles beginning with Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman in 1976 and Fernwood Tonight in 1977. He has also appeared in such films and TV programs as Mr. Mom, Growing Pains, Clue, Mrs. Doubtfire, Roseanne, and Arrested Development.



"My grandmother is over eighty and still doesn't need glasses. Drinks right out of the bottle."
                              — Henny Youngman

Henny Youngman, March 16, 1906 – February 24, 1998, was an American comedian (and violinist) born in Liverpool, UK. He was best known for his rapid-fire one-liners, the most famous of which was "Take my wife... please!".



"Why don't you get out of that wet coat and into a dry martini?"
                              — Robert Benchley

Robert Benchley, September 15, 1889 – November 21, 1945, was an American humorist and film actor. He wrote for the Harvard Lampoon, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. He was a member of the Algonquin Round Table, a group of New York City writers, actors and humorists that included such luminaries as Franklin Pierce Adams, Heywood Broun, Marc Connelly, George S. Kaufman, Dorothy Parker, Harold Ross, Robert E. Sherwood, John Peter Toohey, Alexander Woollcott, Tallulah Bankhead, Harpo Marx, Donald Ogden Stewart, Frank Sullivan, and Peggy Wood.



"New York is the greatest city in the world for lunch. That's the gregarious time. And when that first martini hits the liver like a silver bullet, there is a sigh of contentment that can be heard in Dubuque."
                              — William Emerson, Jr.

William (Bill) Emerson, Jr., February 28, 1923 – August 25, 2009, was an American journalist. He was editor-in-chief of The Saturday Evening Post, and earlier in his career, was the first Newsweek bureau chief assigned to cover the southern United States and consequently, the civil rights era.



"I am prepared to believe that a dry martini
slightly impairs the palate, but think what
it does for the soul. "
                              — Alec Waugh

Alec Waugh, 1898-1981, a British novelist, author of best-sellers Island in the Sun (1957, inspired Island Records)) and A Fatal Gift (1973). Rumored to have invented the cocktail party serving rum swizzles instead of tea in 1920's London.



"Then Priss arrived, dragging a volume of
colorlessness in with him, a drabness that
was unaffected by the noise and the
absolute splendor (no other word would
describe it - or else it was the two
martinis glowing inside me) that filled
the room"
                              — Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov, 1920-1992, a Russian born American science-fiction writer and professor of biochemistry at Boston University. One of the most prolific writers of all time and a member of Mensa.



""If it wasn't for the olives in his martinis, he'd starve to death!" "
                              — Milton Berle

Milton Berle (1908-2002) was born Milton Berlinger in Manhattan. One of the first stars of network television in the 50's as host of NBC's Texaco Star Theater. He was subsequently known for his comedy and comic sketches as uncle Miltie and Mr. Television.


Presidential Martini Quotes

Just coming off the election season - and thank goodness it's over - thought you might enjoy some martini humor from one of our past Presidents:


"The three-martini lunch is the epitome of American efficiency. Where else can you get an earful, a bellyful and a snootful at the same time?"
                              — Gerald R. Ford

Gerald Ford, (July 14, 1913 – December 26, 2006) was the 38th President of the United States. He was born Leslie Lynch King, Jr. To-date, Ford is the only person to have never been voted into the US Presidency and Vice Presidency by the Electoral College.



"Shaken, not stirred, will get you cold water with a dash of gin and dry vermouth. The reason you stir it with a special spoon is so not to chip the ice. James is ordering a weak martini and being snooty about it. "
  — President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet
      (The West Wing)



Did You Know?
And Other Non-Sequiturs

Clique Vodka Mother's Day Martini Recipes

Clique Vodka is known for its body, texture, and smoothness. Made from wheat grain and natural spring water from the Latvian forest, it is considered a bargain brand at $15.99 per bottle. Celebrate Spring 2013 and Mother's Day with one of their top 10 creative martini recipes.

Clique Vodka

Great Holiday Gift Idea
Wine of the Month Club

Need a great holiday gift idea? Everyone you know, except for your kids, has everything. If you're like our family, you perhaps have a cap on how much you can spend for each person during the holiday season. We cap ours at about $100, more or less. Consider the Wine of the Month Club. It is the gift that lasts because each month, the recipient receives one bottle of wine in the mail. You can pick the amount of months. We usually choose the minimum 3 month membership each year. It's a great gift that will ensure that they think of you each time that bottle of wine (really good bottle of wine by the way!) arrives. And it gives them an excuse to call you to say "Guess what came in the mail today?!" - which is really what happens. Wine of the Month Club - give it a shot!

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Spotlight on a New Vodka

Karlsson's Gold Vodka
Is a Gluten-free vodka handcrafted from a variety of new virgin potatoes from Cape Bjare, Sweden, which is surrounded on three sides by the North Sea. Called "Gold" because of its reputation as "Farmer's Gold", a tribute to the gold skinned world-class potato that makes this vodka. Said to be balanced, smooth, rich, and delicious. More on Karlsson's Gold Vodka.

Karlsson's Gold Vodka


Swank Martini's

We've been working with The Swank Martini Company for the last 6 years because our belief is that they offer unique, classy, and imaginative martini glassware that would be appreciated by the readers of Martini Muse. Holiday season is approaching - you have gifts yo'd like to buy for colleagues, family, and friends. There is not a soul out there who wouldn't appreciate the charm and elegance of their martini glassware shapes, sizes, colors and stems.


Do you know who Luis Alvarenga is?

Luis Alvarenga is the Senior Bartender at The Oak Room inside the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston. Luis has been concocting fabulous drinks and world-class martinis for 21 years. He is a most gracious man and truly loves what he does. Luis sat down with us and described a favorite drink of many of our readers: The Sugar Plum Fairy Martini. We thought we'd share it with you.

Sugar Plum Fairy Martini

  • 3/4 oz Plum puree - buy a French Plum Puree because it's fruitier. Although American plum purees are also natural, they are too bland, too coarse, and do not offer enough flavor
  • 3/4 oz fresh lemon - use real Lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz Simple syrup – too add a touch of sweetness, is unflavored - DO NOT add corn syrup - if you use a vanilla vodka other than Smirnoff, you might want re-consider Simple Syrup
  • 3 1/2 oz Smirnoff Vanilla Vodka - smoothest vanilla vodka available, more neutral than other popular brands, less sweet
  • Magic wand – optional (our input)
  • 6 oz total for martini – this includes a ½ oz of water introduced into the martini when shaken


Do you know what maceration is?

Maceration is the process of separating, softening or even disintegrating through soaking. When used in regard to gin distilling, the maceration process separates solids, like botanicals and spice roots/seeds, from the liquid. Blue Gin, for example, puts its gin through the maceration process thus separating its botanicals from the distilled alcohol.

Sneak Peak of Blue Gin Model

Interestingly, its print advertising piece shows a topless girl wearing jeans soaking in water holding a bottle of Blue Gin by her side. We wonder if the maceration process was responsible!

Sneak Peak of Blue Gin Model


Newly Reviewed Vodkas

  • U'luvka Vodka – Poland
    distilled from wheat, rye and barley
  • O-N Vodka – Oregon
    Organic Nation Vodka, distilled from rye


Questions from Our Readers

Jeff writes in:
Is there a Vodka made from Potatoes that you might recommend? Thanks.

Hi Jeff: Yes, the following vodkas are distilled using potatoes:

  • Chopin Vodka – Poland
  • Bak’s Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka – Poland
  • Luksusowa Potato Vodka – Poland
  • Mor Vodka – Poland

Notice they're all from Poland? From what I've heard, Chopin is preferred but it's also marketed the most. See if you can buy a small bottle of each to compare.

You can find the complete list on at Vodka Brands and Types.

Check out our Updated List of Gin Brands and Types

A Martini Lover's Opinion of Gin and Vodka

Paducah writes in:
A martini is made with GIN, calling a martini made with vodka is the same as asking for beer, but asking for it to be wine!!
Paducah Y.

209 Gin

Janet writes in:
Two years ago I attended an event where a gin distiller from San Francisco mixed what I thought was a gin and tonic (this took place in wine country, believe it or not). They used fruit as a garnish, maraschino cherry and pineapple. However, I did not experience my usual reaction to tonic. Please provide me with names of SF distillers so that I can obtain their recipe. The name of the gin was a set of numbers. Your assistance is appreciated.
Janet M.

Hi Janet; Try 209 Gin which is produced by a distillery in San Francisco. It's called Distillery No. 209.

What does a "part" mean?

Robin writes in:
In 22 years of bartending, I’ve never heard the measurement for a martini described as a “part”. Please explain what a Part is when the recipie calls for 5 parts of vodka.
Thank you
Robin J.

Hi Robin;
A part is basically a portion or ratio. It’s typically an ounce (or shot) portion but it doesn’t have to which is why they call it a part.
A better way to explain it is like this: If a recipe calls for 5 parts vodka, 1 part vermouth and 2 parts soda (yuck!) then you have 8 parts total that make up the solution in the poured glass. The parts must be equal in size – if a part is one gallon (which won’t happen) then each vodka part, vermouth part and soda part must be one gallon each. Equal amounts = a part.

If each part is one ounce (typical), then all of your parts of vodka, vermouth and soda must be one ounce.
Thanks for emailing us.

Pink Martini

A Martini must be enjoyed with good music, a cigar perhaps, and, of course, good conversation amongst friends.

In search of that nostalgic, take-me-back-to-the-old-days-when-a-martini-was-a-martini and company was a group of friends rather than something built to bring public, we have stumbled on a music group called Pink Martini. Listen to the romantic grainy radio sound of Sympathique and find yourself longing for the innocence and civility of the past not to mention dinner parties and dancing.

Listen to Sympathique Sample

Sympathique was nominated by France's Victoires de la Musique Awards for Song of the Year and Best New Artist.

Pink Martini is as real as its Portland, Oregon roots, founded in 1994 to play progressive political fundraisers, i.e., civil rights, environmental issues, affordable housing and public broadcasting. The band members hail from different cultural backgrounds and have studied varied languages, all inherent in their music. As in Sympathique, you feel as if you’re ensconced in a 1930’s French music hall or better yet, a Hemingway-type artists bar on St. Germaine in Paris.

Pink Martini debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in 1998 and has since played with symphony orchestras such as The Boston Pops, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic. They've also played renowned venues such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the New York Museum of Modern Art, the Kennedy Center and the William Morris Agency’s 100th birthday celebration.

James Bonds' Medium Dry Martini
The James Bond Medium Dry Martini, also referred to as the Vesper Martini, was made with (gasp!) a healthy portion of vodka mixed with 3 parts gin. Of course, it was still "shaken, not stirred".

The Many Household and Medical Uses of Vodka

  • Gets Rid of Poison Ivy
  • Freshens Laundry
  • Cleans Chrome, Glass and Porcelain
  • Extends the Life of Flowers
  • Kills Nagging Bugs
  • Takes the Sting Out of a Jellyfish Stinger
  • Smoothes Hair, Makes it More Lush
  • Eliminates Mold
  • Soothes Aches and Pains with Lavender

Eco-Friendly Vodkas

What is an Eco-Friendly Vodka? If you're Purus or VeeV, it is vodka that is made of 100% organic ingredients. If you're 360 Vodka, it is in the packaging.

McCormick Distilling, the oldest (continuous) distillery in the United States, has just released 360 Vodka to compete in the ultra luxury vodka niche. 360 Vodka is made from regular non-organic grain made in the United States. Other Vodka producers such as Purus and VeeV, on the other hand, use 100% organic ingredients in its vodkas. So, is 360 Vodka the world's first eco-friendly vodka? Hardly, but let's expore their claim further.

How to Make a Martini Dry

When the martini was the drink of choice in our culture yers ago, the only way to make a martini was with gin and dry vermouth. The gin was iced very cold but not served with ice. Some, like Churchill, preferred their martinis naked, that is, without dry vermouth. A dry martini is a martini with less dry vermouth. That's right - more dry vermouth makes your martiniless dry.
All ratios below are gin : vermouth.

  •  16:1  Bone Dry Martini
  •  15:1  The Montgomery
                    aka The Hemingway
  •  12:1  Very dry martini
  •    6:1  Dry martini
  •    4:1  Medium dry martini
  •       0  Churchill Martini

    Churchill drank the driest martini possible. He always paused to look toward France as he passed (never poured) the vermouth bottle over his gin. A traditional martini was never made with vodka.

How to Make Beer Cold Quickly

Did you ever wonder if it was possible to make beer cold quickly instead of trying to jam as many beers as possible into the freezer and waiting for an hour?

Well, it seems all you need to make beer cold in about 3 minutes is a bit of room in your freezer - which won't be a problem because the stuff that's frozen won't thaw in 3 minutes - and alot of salt.

The way to make beer cold quickly - in 3 minutes - is to load a pot with as many beers as you can and pour in enough ice to cover the beer. Then, fill the pot with tap water and add about 2 cups of salt. Stir to dissolve the salt. Then place the bucket full of beers in the freezer for 3 minutes. After 3 minutes, your beers will be ice cold.

This trick also applies to anything else in a bottle, container, or can such as soda, wine or a bottle of Vodka or Gin.

So, how does your beer get cold in 3 minutes? For one, it seems that salt water absorbs heat and two, keeping the pot in the freezer allows the ice cubes to keep transferring cold to the beers.

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