To make this cocktail, Marfa, Texas, chef Rocky Barnette pairs herbal French Chartreuse with the mint-camphor-citrus–inflected Mexican epazote plant.
James Bond Martini
For this variation on the Vesper from Ian Fleming's first James Bond novel, Casino Royale bar manager "Martini Bob" Perry adds a Wisconsin touch: blue-cheese-stuffed olives.
This recipe, which includes a splash of orange bitters, is adapted from the version in George Kappeler's 1895 Modern American Drinks. It was originally made with Old Tom gin, a sweetened gin unlike the London dry gin in the present-day martini.
Chili Passion Martini
To make fresh ginger juice for this drink, you can grate a piece of peeled ginger into a fine strainer and press the liquid into a bowl. Bottled ginger juice is sold at many health food stores.
This classic gin-based cocktail develops a smooth, deep flavor after being aged in an oak barrel for 3 weeks.
The key to this tart drink is mirto, a bitter Sardinian digestif made from myrtle berries, which is increasingly available at American liquor stores.
The original martini, allegedly invented in the U.S. in the 1860s, was made with sweet vermouth. One of the first recipes for a dry martini, made with dry vermouth, appeared in Frank P. Newman's 1904 American Bar.
Caffè Romano Martini
On a trip to Helsinki, Philip Duff drank an espresso romano (an espresso served with a piece of lemon zest). When he returned home, he tinkered with ingredients behind the bar and created this drink.
Ice cubes made with cucumber water are one of the ingenious twists in this potent martini, which is made with sake instead of gin or vodka.
"This is like a really fine chocolate truffle that melts in your mouth," says bartender Marvin Allen. He makes this variation on a chocolate martini with nocino, a walnut liqueur produced in Modena, Italy.
Lemon & Basil Martini
Naren Young created this martini variation after tasting a lemon-and-basil sorbet at a restaurant. Sweet white vermouth emphasizes the basil's herbal quality, while limoncello and lemon juice give the drink a double-citrus punch.