You'd be hardpressed to think of a cocktail more classic and timeless than a martini. It's a drink that's been around for hundreds of years—some argue that it originated as early as the 1870s—and it requires just a few simple ingredients, rather than a laundry list of trendy additives, popular in specialty cocktails today.
While a classic martini only calls for vodka or gin and vermouth, there are so many other clever (and flavorful) ways to enjoy the drink that go far beyond ordering one that's dirty or dry.
From fruity concoctions to sweet creations, these martini recipes will let you have a little extra fun next time you play bartender. Think peach martinis garnished with raspberries, a cucumber mint drink for something light and refreshing, and even a snickerdoodle-inspired creation designed for those with a sweet tooth.
Ahead, discover seven martini recipes that turn the classic cocktail into fun, flavorful adult beverages. Ready your shaker and chill your glasses, it's five o'clock somewhere.
Peach Martini with Raspberry
The Recipe: Peach Martini with Raspberry
The Hero Ingredient: This peach-flavored cocktail is made with real peaches which you'll dice and muddle to get the taste just right.
Pro Tip: Be sure to shake and stir this cocktail, Taylor Kiser of Food Faith Fitness warns. Since it calls for seltzer water, you'll want to shake all of the ingredients before straining and stirring in the carbonated drink to avoid a major mess.
Why We Love It: This fruity martini takes just five minutes to make, which is why it's ideal for serving to a small crowd at an intimate gathering or for whipping up a single glass just for yourself after a long day. Plus, it's sugar-free for a healthier homemade cocktail.
French Martini Cocktail
The Recipe: French Martini Cocktail
The Hero Ingredient: Chambord, a raspberry liqueur produced in the Loire Valley, is what makes this martini distinctly French.
Pro Tip: If you're a fan of champagne, Caroline Phelps of Pickled Plum, suggests adding a splash of bubbly to this cocktail.
Why We Love It: This is a simple yet elegant cocktail that requires just three ingredients: pineapple juice, vodka, and Chambord. It's far from the classic, but it boasts refreshing, unique flavors sure to please.
Citrus Vodka Martini Cocktail
The Recipe: Citrus Vodka Martini Cocktail
The Hero Ingredient: Since this is such a classic creation, the hero ingredient is none other than vodka.
Why We Love It: A twist on the classic martini, this concoction calls for citrus vodka, dry vermouth, and an orange twist and olive for garnish. The slight citrus flavor gives the martini something different without straying too far from the original.
Cucumber Mint Martini
The Recipe: Fiesty Cucumber Mint Martini
The Hero Ingredient: Jalapeño peppers give this martini a real bite.
Pro Tip: "The spiciness of jalapeño peppers can vary greatly," according to Toni Dash of Boulder Locavore. "The drink should be balanced between the refreshing ingredients and the heat," she adds.
Why We Love It: With a kick of spice from jalapeño peppers and a fresh flavor from mint leaves, this recipe is a refreshingly light mixture that takes a cucumber martini to the next level.
The Recipe: Pomegranate Martini
The Hero Ingredient: A splash of orange liqueur works to balance the strong flavors in this refreshing cocktail.
Pro Tip: Go all out with the garnishes and add gold sugar for the rim, a few pomegranate seeds, and fresh rosemary Heidi Larsen of Foodie Crush suggests.
Why We Love It: Perfect for the holiday season, this pomegranate martini—adapted from one of Oprah's own recipes—is bursting with fresh flavors and natural ingredients. The pomegranate gives it a red hue and rosemary sprigs add a touch of green for an undeniably festive look.
Aloe Vera Martini
The Recipe: Aloe Vera Martini
The Hero Ingredient: Aloe vera juice may sound like an odd ingredient for a martini, but don't knock it until you try it.
Why We Love It: You know you're getting a healthier cocktail option since this recipe comes from Falsetto, the founder and CEO of thinkThin. It calls for cucumber, mint, lime, vodka, and aloe vera juice for a refreshing, light martini perfect for spring and summer.
The Recipe: Snickerdoodle Martini
The Hero Ingredient: Sweetened vanilla almond milk is the star of this decadent martini. It serves as the base of the cocktail and contributes to the creamy texture of the beverage.
Pro Tip: "Whatever you do while drinking the aforementioned cocktail is up to you, but I do suggest sipping snickerdoodles while watching Christmas movies in your PJs," Kiser writes. A good idea, even in the middle of summer.
Why We Love It: Although this martini tastes just like a snickerdoodle cookie, it's actually dairy-free and relatively healthy. Plus, it only calls for three ingredients so you can easily whip up a few cocktails at your home bar. Far from a classic martini, it's made with sweetened vanilla almond milk, natural butter extract, and cinnamon whiskey.
Next up: These are the 5 best gins for martinis.