Martinis

A traditional martini is made with gin and vermouth, garnished with either an olive or a lemon twist. During Prohibition, martinis became extremely popular because gin was so easy to make. Though today you might consider the martini an outdated cocktail, there are plenty of clever ways to put a modern twist on this classic drink. Add a dash of orange bitters, lemon juice and basil, or espresso to add distinct flavor to a simple martini, or make a major change by swapping sake for the vodka or rose water for the gin. Whether you need to make a party-sized martini or just want some cocktail advice, F&W’s guide to martinis has everything you need.

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Where to Drink Martinis Around the Globe

A martini isn’t just a cocktail; it’s an experience, an occasion in itself. It’s a drink that connotes class and elegance. And it’s a drink best enjoyed in equally elegant surroundings. (A martini in a dive bar just doesn’t taste the same.) Just about any bartender can mix a martini, but where do the discerning go for the best? We asked mixologists and spirits professionals from around the globe where they love to drink a martini, and just how they order it. —Carey Jones

4 Winter Martinis from Bartenders in the Country's Coldest Cities

Cold climate mixologists sound off on the best way to make martinis for these icy, slushy, brutally cold days. 

Martinis

From classic gin martinis to to refreshing saketinis, here are the best recipes for martini variations.

Ice Wine Martini

Blue Martini • Birmingham, MI A stage for live music replaces the typical backdrop of liquor bottles at this nightclub's main bar, which serves more than 25 signature martinis. Plus: Ultimate Cocktail Guide

Blue Ice Martini

The Corner Bar • Memphis Though you won't see The Peabody hotel's famed ducks (they stay in the lobby), the Corner Bar offers more than 40 martinis and live music courtesy of blues singer Blind Mississippi Morris. Plus: Ultimate Cocktail Guide