the recipe to the devil’s torch martini

The Devil’s Torch Martini is a cocktail drink believed to have originated in the early 1800s in Europe. The drink has gone through several modifications and the modern day recipe is from the early 20th century. The drink is first seen recorded in the All That – Drinks Ancient and Modern.

The drink is quite similar to the Vodka Martini in that the base spirit is Vodka and dry vermouth being the other major ingredient. The grenadine in the recipe make the drink slightly sweeter and gives it a bright reddish hue. You can vary the proportion of the grenadine to suit your own taste.

The other noteworthy characteristic of the drink is that it uses equal proportions of the Vodka and Vermouth, unlike the classic martinis. You should use a good quality vermouth such Dolin Vermouth Blanc or Martini & Rossi as it is the major ingredient.


  • 2 shots of Vodka
  • 2 shots of Dry Vermouth
  • Couple of dashes of Grenadine syrup
  • Lemon Peel for garnish


  1. Add ice cubes into a martini shaker
  2. Add 2 shots of your favorite vodka into the shaker
  3. Add 2 shots of the vermouth into the shaker
  4. Add 2 to 3 dashes of the grenadine into the shaker
  5. Shake the contents of the shaker well
  6. Strain the contents of the shaker into a chilled martini glass
  7. Garnish the drink with a lemon peel
Devil's Torch Martini

Variations and Similar Drinks

  • Some recipes state sweet vermouth to be used instead of the dry vermouth. Adding sweet vermouth to the devil’s torch will make the drink much sweeter than this recipe.
  • Classic Vodka Martini: With out the grenadine and different proportions for the vodka and vermouth.


  • You can increase the proportion of the grenadine to make the drink even sweeter.
  • You can use any dry vermouth you have, and French vermouth is not a necessity. I prefer Dolin Vermouth Blanc for this drink.