12 Most Happenin’ Happy Hour Martini Recipes

12 Most Happenin’ Happy Hour Martini Recipes

I wanted to provide some cool historical information on the birth of the martini, like the Bellini being born at Harry’s Bar in Venice, Italy, however; no such fabulous story exists.  Most people know about martinis from the coolest of cool James Bond ordering his martini shaken, not stirred, which is one of the mainstays of the martini recipes.

A true martini is served in a special martini glass and mixed in a special cocktail shaker with ice. There is a strainer on the top that keeps the ice from going into the drink. All the ingredients are put into the shaker and shaken for approximately one minute, then poured into a garnished glass for maximum effect. Part of the beauty of the martini is the preparation and presentation of the drink. And then, of course, the cool factor of being a hipster enjoying the trendiest of cocktails.

A note for purists: only the first two on this list are true martinis, the rest are called martinis and served in martini glasses. I am following pop culture’s definition of what is served in bars and called martinis.

Supplies for the perfect martini bar: cocktail shaker with a strainer and a measuring top, ice, martini glasses, special toothpicks or swizzle sticks for the garnish. And your best friends and family.

Perfect holiday, housewarming, wedding or birthday gift basket idea: purchase a cocktail shaker, martini glasses and make a recipe book with the recipes below into a martini bar recipe book – wrap into a beautiful ice bucket. You’ll definitely get invited back for a martini party!

If the full recipe is not listed – please click on the name to follow the link. Cheers!

1. Martini

1.25 oz vodka

.25 oz dry vermouth

1 lemon twist

Put vodka and vermouth into cocktail shaker with ice and shake for about a minute. Pour into pre-chilled martini glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

2. Dirty Martini

1.25 oz vodka

.25 oz olive juice

green olives

Add olive juice and vodka to cocktail shaker with ice. Shake for approximately one minute. Pour into a pre-chilled martini glass, put in two olives. You can also use blue cheese stuffed olives for a fancier drink.

3. Cosmopolitan – My favorite.

Made famous by the Carrie Bradshaw and ladies of Sex and the City, this drink made women all across America feel hip and cosmopolitan. And they are fantastic!

4. Gingerbread Martini

Love these for the holidays! The garnish is a little gingerbread man cookie. Yum.

5. Baileys Espresso Martini

2 ozs Baileys

1/4 oz vodka (I would use vanilla vodka)

2 oz cold espresso

chocolate espresso beans for garnish

Combine Baileys, vodka and espresso into cocktail shaker with ice. Shake for one minute & strain into pre-chilled martini glass. Garnish with 3 or 4 espresso beans in the glass.

6. S’moretini Shooters

I have not tried these but they look absolutely heavenly and I will be! Did  you know that there was a fluffed marshmallow vodka? Me neither. But this recipe had me at crushed graham crackers on the rim and toasted marshmallow garnish. Wow!

7. Pomegranate Martini by Bobby Flay

My home recipe: 1 oz vanilla vodka, .5 oz grand marnier, 1 oz pomegranate juice

8. Frozen Hot Chocolate Martini

This is a spin off of the famous frozen hot chocolate served at one of my very favorite restaurants in the world: Serendipity III in NYC. Looking for a perfect NY moment? Make reservations here & ask for a table upstairs. This is where they filmed the movie Serendipity.

9. Icing on the Cake Martini

Fabulous in a glass topped with birthday confetti. Perfect for a birthday celebration with your bestie.

10. Caramel Apple Martini

My second favorite! Served with a slice of apple and caramel drizzle. Hmmm!

11. Pumpkin Pie Martini

New holiday tradition for in-law survival? I say, yes please!

12. Hypnotic Martini

This makes a beautiful and delicious blue martini! Fun and perfect for New Years, birthdays or theme parties. Garnish with a cherry & pineapple wedge on a stick.

4 oz Hypnotic liquer

2 oz coconut rum

2 oz pineapple juice

Bonus Martini: Dirty Girl Scout Martini – based on the Thin Mint cookie

1 oz Baileys

1/2 oz Creme de Menthe, green

1 oz kahlua

1/2 oz vodka

Did I miss your favorite martini? Please share in the comments!

Images courtesy of Creative Commons and  SerenityRose,  catfordCeltmbm951.
Article by Peg Fitzpatrick

Peg Fitzpatrick


Peg Fitzpatrick is co-Editor-in-Chief of 12 Most . She's co-author of the best-selling book, The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users co-authored with Guy Kawasaki. Peg works with global brands and leaders in the social media sphere every day. She's spearheaded successful social-media campaigns for Motorola, Audi, Google, and Virgin as well as having been a brand ambassador for Kimpton Hotels. All about being positive and connecting, she is a true social butterfly. Tweet her and say hi at @pegfitzpatrick, find her Stumbling on StumbleUpon, rocking Google+ here Google or happily pinning on Pinterest.

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