Magical Martinis

Impress your friends with these martinis.  Perfect for any occasion, any time of year, these spirits are fun to make and even more fun to enjoy!

Dirty Martini

A Dirty Martini is a classic vodka or gin martini that is made with olive juice.

2 1/2 oz vodka or gin
1/2 oz vermouth
1/2 oz olive juice (brine solution from a jar of cocktail olives)
Cocktail olives
Add ice to a cocktail shaker. The shaker should be filled about half to three-quarters full.
Stir the ingredients in the cocktail shaker with a bar spoon for five to ten seconds. Stir carefully and gradually so as not to overly agitate the ingredients or break the ice cubes.
Strain into the cocktail glass.
Garnish with the cocktail olive.
Key Lime Martini
If you like key lime pie, you’ll love this liquid version! A delicious combination of key limes, pineapple juice, and vanilla flavored vodka, it will bring back memories of time spent in the Key West!
1 lime, or 2 key limes – using key limes gives the drink a slightly different taste
4 oz pineapple juice
2 oz vanilla vodka
Pour some sugar on a plate and run the rim of the glass in the pile so the sugar can stick to the lime juice on the rim.
Using a wide rim glass allows for more sugar on the rim. The sugar rim helps the taste of the drink and so it is important that with each sip the drinker has sugar left on the rim to taste.
Place the lime wedge back on the glass rim for decoration.
Squeeze the rest of the lime into the glass for juice.
Measure out 4 ounces of pineapple juice (about 4 shots worth) and pour into glass.
Measure out 2 ounces of vanilla vodka (about 2 shots worth) and pour into glass.
Stir, add ice, and enjoy.
Apple Cider Martini
A vodka martini made with apple cider and sweetened with cinnamon and a mix of sugars makes the perfect drink during apple season, or whenever the fancy takes you. Purchase locally made apple cider for the best seasonal flavor.

2 oz apple cider
2 oz vodka
1 oz brandy
1 oz  triple sec
1/2 tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1/4 tsp cinnamon, ground
1/4 tsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp superfine (caster) sugar
Cinnamon stick (optional, for garnish)
Combine the cider, vodka, brandy, triple sec, lemon juice, ground cinnamon, brown sugar and superfine sugar in a martini shaker, stirring with a spoon.
Fill the martini shaker 2/3 full of ice.
Attach the lid and shake the drink until condensation appears on the outside of the martini shaker.
Strain the drink into a martini glass.
Garnish the finished martini with a cinnamon stick.
Godiva Chocolate Martini
Chocolate martinis are delicious and they’re the perfect drink for the chocolate lover or for romantic lovers. There are different ways for making chocolate martinis, and this article suggests a few to inspire your mixologist flair!
Chocolate sauce and sugar for rim of glass
2 oz Godiva chocolate liqueur
1 1/2 oz vodka
White chocolate shavings
Fresh raspberries
Dip the rim of the martini glass in chocolate sauce.
Dip the chocolate rim in sugar.
Fill a large tumbler with ice cubes.
Pour the Godiva chocolate liqueur into the glass.
Pour in the vodka.
Pour all the ingredients into a shaker. Shake well.
Pour the mix into the martini glass that you rimmed at the beginning.
Garnish with shaved white chocolate.
Add some fresh raspberries. Slide the raspberries onto half a skewer for ease of adding to the glass.
Gummi Bear Martini
Contrary to its name, this martini does not actually contain gummy bears. You can, however, use them as a garnish or side dish to accompany this deliciously fruity drink!
2 oz vodka
1 oz raspberry schnapps
1 oz cranberry juice
1 oz lemon-lime soda
Crushed ice
Use ice to fill your shaker about halfway.
Pour the vodka, schnapps, juice, and soda over the ice.
Place the lid on your shaker and shake the drink until all the ingredients are blended.
Pour it into your martini glass through a cocktail strainer. Serve.
Garnish with gummy bearsEnjoy Responsibly 

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