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Best martini recipes for summer

Martinis with olives against a blue background

Summer is in full swing, and while soaking in that much needed vitamin C, why not pair the experience with a refreshing summer martini? Amplify your euphoric summer getaway or relaxing summer days cozied up at home with the ideal beverage full of rich flavour and aroma.

With these martini recipes, your summer will be sunnier than ever! Let’s get started.

1. Lavender Lemonade Martini

You can never go wrong with these iconic flavors that epitomize the season of summer like no other. When you add hints of lavender and lemonade to a classic martini, you will have a treasure trove of fresh flavors in a glass.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 8 sprigs of lavender
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 oz. chilled vodka
  • Sugar
  • Lemon slices, halved

Directions

Start off by making the simple syrup. To do this, combine the sugar and water in a pot and bring to a boil on the stove. Cook until the sugar is dissolved. Next, add lavender sprigs and allow to cool. Stir occasionally. After this step, proceed with rimming the edges two martini glasses with a lemon slice and sugar. Strain the lavender simple syrup into a cocktail shaker. Add ice, lemon juice, and vodka. Shake until the mixture gets cold. Strain the contents into a cocktail glass and garnish with lavender sprigs and lemon slices.

2. Chocolate Martini

Chocolate makes everything ten times better! Incorporate this confectionary delicacy into a martini and you’ve got yourself a culinary masterpiece!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 5 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 1 oz. vodka
  • 4 oz. Baileys Irish cream
  • Grated chocolate

Directions

The process starts with making the ganache. Heat the cream over medium high heat until it begins to boil. Next, pour the cream over the chopped chocolate in a medium sized bowl. Stir until the chocolate melts. After that, let the mixture cool. The next step is to decorate the glasses with the grated chocolate. Turn the moistened glasses upside down and dip them into the chocolate. Twist them slightly to let it accumulate on the rim. Afterwards, fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add one cup of chocolate ganache, half oz. of vodka and 2 oz. of Irish cream. Shake well for 30 seconds. Pour the mixture into the glasses and enjoy ice cold!

Close up of two Watermelon Martinis

3. Cucumber Watermelon Martini

Summer is all about getting a golden tan and keeping yourself hydrated with refreshing drinks. There is no fresher beverage than one that is infused with vibrant undertones of watermelon and cucumber.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons of water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh watermelon
  • ½ teaspoon agave nectar
  • 3 oz. cucumber vodka
  • Cucumber slices
  • Mint sprigs

Directions

Place the watermelon, water, and agave nectar into a food processor and process until a smooth mixture is formed. Take the puree, ice, and 3 ounces of vodka, and pour into a cocktail shaker. Shake well until you feel it chilled and strain into a martini glass. Next, garnish the drink with a mint sprig and a slice of cucumber.

4. Peaches and Cream Martini

Indulge yourself in the delectable luxury of a sweet peaches and cream martini. With the saturating sweetness of peaches and cream, your martini will have found its delicate soft side.

Ingredients

  • 1 peach, peeled and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon white granulated sugar
  • 4 ounces vodka
  • 4 ounces peach schnapps
  • 4 ounces heavy whipping cream
  • 4 ounces white chocolate liqueur
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons yellow or orange sanding sugar
  • ¼ lemon
  • Ice

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix the peaches, sugar, and coconut oil in a baking dish. Roast them for 15 to 20 minutes, and flip the peaches mid baking.. Remove from the oven and let them cool. Next, trace the rim of 3 martini glasses with sanding sugar. Cool the glasses in the refrigerator. Afterwards, place the peaches and heavy whipping cream in a blender and mix until a smooth mixture is rendered. The next step is to mix the blended peaches with the other ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake well. Pour the drink into the chilled glasses and garnish with a peach slice.

Close up of a single martini against fairy lights

5. Mexican Martini

Summer may be hot, but this Mexican martini is hotter! Challenge the heat of the sun with the intensely delicious flavor of the Mexican martini.

Ingredients

  • Salt
  • 2 oz. Tequila
  • 1 oz. Cointreau
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • ¾ oz. fresh orange juice
  • ½ oz. olive brine
  • 2 olives
  • Ice

Directions

Line the rim of the martini glass with salt and chill it in the refrigerator. Pour the liquid ingredients and ice into a cocktail shaker. Shake well for 10 seconds and strain into the chilled glass. Garnish the beverage with the classic style of olives on a toothpick.

6. Vesper Martini

When the ideal amount of sweetness meets bitter, you get the exquisite taste of the Vesper Martini. Infused with the richness of Gin, Vodka, and Lillet Blanc, this beverage packs a powerful punch with a zesty twist.

Ingredients

  • 60 ml of Spirit of York Gin
  • 20 ml of Spirit of York Vodka
  • 10 ml of Lillet Blanc
  • Lemon Zest

Directions

Spirit forward and bold, stirred. Served best in a martini glass.

Treat yourself to the best martinis this summer with the premium products offered at Spirit of York Distillery. With our sophisticated mixology, you’ll definitely find your favorite flavor, discover something new, and be inspired to experiment with your own beverages at home.

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