How do you shake your martini?

Alright you smart, sexy and youthful people out there, take your martini shakers out and get ready to mix yourselves silly. This list of 10 martinis is in no particular order, but should be familiar if you wish to consider yourself a hip martini drinker. They vary greatly in taste, from the Classic Dirty Martini’s refined style to the “I just wanna get pissed and look good doing it” Burnt Water.


Some places around town to get fine martinis include the Auburn Saloon, Ming, the Belvedere, the Mercury, Mortal Coil and, if you’re really desperate, Boston Pizza. If you can master fashioning a perfect martini, I assure you that the opposite sex will come running.


Cosmopolitan / Crantini: Cranberry Vodka (1.5 oz.), Triple Sec (0.5 oz.), cranberry juice, a splash of lime juice (Cosmopolitan only). Mix all ingredients in a shaker with ice and pour into a freshly chilled martini glass. Garnish with cranberries or fresh strawberries.


Sweet Tart: Blue Curacao (1 oz.), Cranberry Vodka (1 oz.), 7-UP, lime juice, a splash of grenadine. Mix ingredients in a shaker with ice and pour into a freshly chilled martini glass. Garnish with a slice of lime or lemon.


Classic Dirty Martini: Gin or Vodka (2 oz.), a splash of extra dry Vermouth, olive juice. Mix ingredients in a shaker with ice and pour into a freshly chilled martini glass. Add an olive or two.


Manhattan: Bourbon (1.5 oz.), sweet Vermouth (0.5 oz.). Mix all ingredients in a shaker with ice and pour into a freshly chilled martini glass. Add a cherry for garnish.


Chocolate Vanilla: Creme de Cacao (1.5 oz.), Vanilla Stoli (0.5 oz.). Mix all ingredients in a shaker with ice and pour into a freshly chilled martini glass. Add chocolate chips or chocolate shavings.


Metropolitan: Cranberry Vodka (1 oz.), Chambord Royale (1 oz.), cranberry juice, a splash of lime juice. Mix ingredients in a shaker with ice and pour into a freshly chilled martini glass. Add berries of any sort and a slice of fresh fruit, preferably pineapple, to the side of the martini glass.


Burnt Water: Tequila (1 oz.), Brandy (0.5 oz.), Kahlua (0.5 oz.), lime juice. Mix ingredients in a shaker with ice and pour into a freshly chilled martini glass. Garnish with a slice of lemon.


Coffee Martini: Dry Vermouth (0.5 oz.), Kahlua (1.5 oz.). Mix all ingredients in a shaker with ice and pour into a freshly chilled martini glass. Add coffee beans.


Melonball: Melon Liquer (1.5 oz.), Citron Vodka (0.5 oz.), orange juice. Mix all ingredients in a shaker with ice and pour into a freshly chilled martini glass. Add a fresh slice of melon or fresh fruit.


Whisky Sour: Whisky (1.5 oz.), Triple Sec (0.5 oz.), lime juice. Mix ingredients in a shaker with ice and pour into a freshly chilled martini glass. Add a slice of lime for garnish.

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