9 manhattan cocktail variations that everybody should know

Paris Manhattan cocktail

The Manhattan drink or martini is probably one of the most popular and well known drinks. It is considered one of the basic drinks according to the classic cocktail book The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks by David Embury. There are several accounts of the drink dating back to the 19th century. The most popular legend about the drink places…

the classic long island iced tea cocktail recipe

long island iced tea cocktail

The Long Island Iced Tea is a highball alcoholic mixed drink made typically with several different base spirits. The usual base spirits used are Gin, Vodka, Rum and Tequila all in equal proportions. The exact origin of the drink recipe is unknown and often debated. The name of the drink “Long Island Iced Tea” seems to have originated from its…

the white cosmopolitan martini recipe..a variation of cosmopolitan

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The White Cosmopolitan martini is a cocktail inspired by the traditional Cosmopolitan Martini. This recipe substitutes the ingredients that impart color to the Cosmopolitan with its colorless equivalent to create a drink that is mostly colorless. In the traditional Cosmopolitan drink, the red color comes from the cranberry juice. We substitute the cranberry juice with the sparsely available white cranberry…

how to make a pine-apple martini…an appletini variation.

A Pine-Apple Martini Cocktail

A Pine-Apple martini is a variation of the Appletini and the Classic Apple Martini. The major difference between the drinks is the pineapple juice. The pineapple juice in this recipe adds a fruitier flavor to the drink when compared to the traditional Appletini drink. The drink is cleverly named as Pine-Apple martini and is different from a Pineapple martini, where…

vesper martini: the recipe for a modern day vesper martini

Vesper Martini Cocktail

The Vesper Martini is the drink that is made famous by James Bond in the novel Casino Royale. Just for the sake of some history on the origin of the drink, the drink recipe was introduced in Chapter Seven of the book, but was not named until chapter eight, when James Bond meets the double agent Vesper Lynd. There is…

how to make a sour apple martini..a classic apple martini variation

A Sour apple martini

The Sour Apple Martini is a variation of the Classic Apple Martini and the traditional Apple Martini or the Appletini. This recipe uses lime juice in lieu of the Cointreau in the Appletini. All the ingredients of the drink remain the same as the Appletini except for the lime juice. The lime juice adds the sour flavor to the drink…

how to make a classic apple martini…a variation of appletini

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Despite its name, the Classic Apple Martini is not the Appletini or the traditional Apple Martini but rather a variation of it. A traditional Apple martini uses Cointreau as one of the ingredients which is substituted by dry vermouth in this recipe. What gives the drink the name is its similarity to the Classic Vodka Martini, which uses Vodka and dry…

how to make a velvet hammer martini…with vodka

Velvet Hammer Martini Cocktail

The Velvet Hammer martini is a light creamy drink which is on the sweeter side which makes it ideal as an after dinner drink. The drink is usually served up as a martini, but occasionally you can find it served as a short-ball over ice. Velvet Hammer seems to be one of those drinks that nobody knows exactly what goes into…

rosetta drink recipe: how to make the rosetta martini

Rosetta Martini cocktail

Rosetta Martini is not one of the popular drinks that you see served in many bars and restaurants. It is however an interesting drink with strong orange flavors that is cut with the bitterness of Campari. The recipe for Rosetta Martini calls for two different liqueurs along with the base spirit Vodka. The less commonly available ingredient in the recipe is Campari…

vodka drinks: how to make a russian cocktail

Russian Cocktail

Russian Cocktail or Russian Martini is a not so well-known drink made with Vodka and Gin. Some of the other creamier versions, such as White Russian or Black Russian are better known drinks with the ‘similar’ name Russian than the Russian cocktail. The Russian Cocktail is a clean clear drink with plenty of richness without being creamy. It is served…

how to make a lemon drop martini

lemon drop cocktail

Lemon Drop Martini is a lemon flavored sweet and sour drink. It can be a little tart as well depending on the taste of the lemon juice used. It was named after the candy of the same name and is said to have been developed sometime in the 1970s at Henry’s Africa bar in San Francisco. However the drink did…

the recipe to an upside down martini

Upside Down or Reverse Martini

The Upside Down Martini is a variation of the traditional or classic Gin or Vodka martini. The ingredients are the same as in a traditional Gin martini but the proportions vary, almost inverting the proportions of Gin and Vermouth. It is not hard to see where this recipe gets its name from. This drink got its reputation as being the…