When it comes to cocktails, the Martini is king. With summer here we offer fun fruit forward variations perfect for the hot sunny days ahead.
Cucumber Watermelon Martini
You’ll need a blender for this one, but it’s totally worth it for a frozen, watermelon-based cocktail on a hot summer day. And the cooling properties of cucumber will keep you refreshed all day long.
- 2 cups chopped watermelon (need 1 cup juice total)
- 3oz vodka
- 1 1/2 – 2oz cucumber simple syrup (depending on sweet you want the martini)
- juice of 1/2 lime
For the Cucumber Simple syrup:
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 large cucumber, peeled & sliced
Prepare the Cucumber Simple Syrup: Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil for 10 seconds then remove from the heat and add cucumber slices. Allow syrup to come to room temperature, then strain into a jar and place into the refrigerator to chill. Syrup will be good for up to a month.
Place watermelon into a blender and blend until smooth. Measure out 1 cup juice then pour into a martini shaker with vodka, cucumber simple syrup, and lime juice, then fill the shaker 3/4 of the way full of ice and shake. Strain into two martini glasses and serve.
A Martini, a Margarita and a pimento-stuffed olive come together to create this delicious cocktail. Warning — this one packs a serious punch. We’re not sure what’s hotter, the afternoon sun or this spicy sipper.
- 2 oz tequila (decent -quality recommended)
- 2 oz lemon-lime soda
- 1 oz orange liqueur (such as Cointreau or Triple Sec)
- 1 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice
- 1 oz fresh-squeezed orange juice
- Splash of olive juice
- Coarse salt (such as kosher salt, for rimming the glass)
- Pimiento-stuffed green olives (manzanillas), for garnish
Measure tequila, soda, orange liqueur, lime juice, orange juice, and olive juice into a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into salt-rimmed martini glass. Garnish with a skewer of olives.
Spread a thin layer of coarse salt onto a plate. Use a slice of lime to wet the edge of the martini glass, then dip in the salt, turning until well-coated.
To add some spice, garnish with gourmet green olives that have been stuffed with jalapenos.
Refreshing Mango Martini
Less traditional than the gin + vermouth martini, this flavor-tini has one of the most tropical fruits infused in it to give it a more island feel. The Triple Sec helps too. Forgive its sweetness.
- 1/4 cup vodka
- 2 tbsp Triple Sec (orange-flavored liqueur)
- 2 tbsp mango juice
- 2 tsp fresh lime juice
- Mango slices (optional)
Place crushed ice in a martini shaker. Add vodka, liqueur, and juices; shake to combine. Strain rum mixture into a martini glass; garnish with mango slices, if desired. Serve immediately.