Back in the day, there was an oh-so-unfortunate trend of calling virtually every cocktail a martini—or, even worse, simply a ‘tini. Martini? Yep, that's a cocktail. But Appletinis and saketinis? There is not a wimpier name for a drink on the planet. And too many of these cocktails were heavy on the flavored vodkas and gross, sugary fruit liqueurs. We're happy to relegate them to the dustbins of history.
Well, most of them. If you look at some of these cocktails, unfortunate names aside, there's no reason they have to be bad. What's so wrong about pairing sake with vodka? Here, we've taken three ‘tinis (shudder) and given them the modern cocktail treatment.