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Summer Martinis
20 Jun

12 Lip-Smaking Summer Martini Recipes From America’s Top Bartenders

With all the excitement of Father’s Day this past weekend you may have missed another wonderful holiday…National Martini Day that takes place on June 19th each year, and this year it coincided with Dad’s day.  But it’s never too late to sit down and savor a really good martini, especially when you’re on summer vacation or need to feel like you are.

Summer Martinis

With that in mind we share with you 12 colorful recipes for summer-spirited martinis created by some of America’s top chefs and mixologists at top resorts across the country.  Get your shaker ready!!

#1 Chaminade Resort & Spa, Santa Cruz, CA
This spectacular resort is set within 300 acres on a mountaintop overlooking Monterey Bay.

Black Pearl

1.5 oz Bulleit Bourbon
.5oz Blackberry Puree
½ lime juiced
Top with ginger beer

#2  Doral Arrowwood Resort, Rye Brook (Westchester County), NY
The New York City metro area’s Top Resort for leisure travel, golf, events and special occasions.

Cucumber Martini

Cucumber House Grown Parsley Pomegranate Martini
1.25 oz. Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin
1 oz. Simple Syrup
1 oz. Lemon Juice
1 oz. Pomegranate Juice
8 House Grown Parsley Leaves
Fresh Pomegranate Seeds

Muddle one slice of Cucumber and eight fresh parsley leaves, pomegranate seeds, Lemon and Pomegranate Juices in a martini glass.  Fill glass with Ice and add Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin.  Stir Well.  Garnish with a slice of fresh cucumber and a sprig of house grown parsley and pomegranate seeds in the bottom of the glass.

#3 Eaglewood Resort & Spa, Chicago, IL
Chicagoland’s top resort, Eaglewood offers great golf, a superb spa and topnotch hospitality.

Peres Poire-Tini

Peres means “Fathers” in French, it is also a play on the fact that it’s a pear martini.

2 Fresh Wedges of Asian Pear
1 ½o z Grey Goose La Poire Vodka
½ oz Saint Germaine Elder Flower Liquor
½ oz Simple Syrup
Squeeze of Lime
Splash of Apple Juice

Muddle the Asian pear in a Martini shaker along with the Grey Goose La Poire, add ice and combine the rest of ingredients. Shake vigorously. Garnish with slice of Asian pear and lime zest.

#4  Hotel Contessa, San Antonio, TX
Set on San Antonio’s fabled Riverwalk, this charming boutique hotel offers a Mediterranean ambiance and stunning river views.

Hemingway Martini

Hemingway Martini
1 ¼ oz Bacardi Rum
½ oz Cointreau
1 oz Grapefruit Juice
½ oz Lime Juice
½ oz Simple Syrup

Garnish with grapefruit wedge & lime twist

#5 Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Colorado Springs, CO

Toasted S’mores Martini
1 ½ ounces of SMIRNOFF® Fluffed Marshmallow Vodka
½ ounce of GODIVA® Dark Chocolate Liqueur
½ ounce GODIVA® White Chocolate Liqueur
Chocolate Sauce
Graham Cracker Crumbs

In a shaker cup of ice, combine the vodka and liqueurs.  Slightly rim martini glass with chocolate sauce.  Dip rim of glass in graham cracker crumbs.  Drizzle chocolate sauce in the inside of the martini glass.  Strain martini mixture into glass.  Garnish with a toasted large marshmallow on a skewer

#6  Snow King Hotel, Haydens Post Restaurant, Jackson, WY
Wyoming’s state flower is the Indian Paintbrush, which is vibrant, wild and beautiful, much like the state itself. In its honor, Haydens Post chief mixologist John-Mark Roufs created the Indian Paintbrush Cosmopolitan.

Cosmopolitan Cocktail

 The Indian Paintbrush Cosmopolitan
1.5 oz 44 North Nectarine Vodka
.5 oz Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach
Fresh Squeezed orange juice
House made grenadine (or store purchased)
Combine/Shake/Strain into chilled Martini glass.
Garnish with orange slice & cherry.

#7  Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa, Vero Beach, FL
A refreshing martini for a smoldering summer day, ideal for lounging at the newly-redesigned pool deck or under the shade of a beach cabana, at this Miami-modern retreat owned by international superstars, Emilio and Gloria Estefan.

Bourbon Berry Royale
2 oz Bulleit Bourbon
½ oz Blackberry Brandy
2 oz Fresh Lemonade
Splash of Simple Syrup
3 Fresh Blackberries
2 Wedges of Lemon

Muddle lemon, blackberries and simple syrup together.  Add bourbon, blackberry brandy and lemonade.  Shake and strain into chilled martini glass.  Garnish with a fresh lemon wedge and blackberry skewer

#8  Willows Lodge, Fireside Lounge, Woodinville, WA
While Willows Lodge is nestled in the heart of Woodinville Wine Country near Seattle, the most popular drink on its Fireside Lounge menu for locals and guests alike is the Fireside Sidecar Martini.

Fireside Car Martini

A collaboration of Fireside’s mixologists and guest requests, which has quickly has become one of the most popular and consistently requested drinks.

2 ounces house infused chai vodka
.5 ounce Combier Orange Liqueur
1 ounce fresh sweet & sour
1 each muddled lime, orange, and lemon wedge

Muddle fruit, combine spirits, shake vigorously with ice, strain in a martini shell, finish with orange zest

#9  Villas of Grand Cypress, Orlando, FL

 Florida Cypress Martini

2 oz Absolut Manderin
2 oz Absolut citron
1 oz fresh squeeze orange juice
1 oz Grand Mariner
1 oz agave nectar

Place all ingredients in the shaker full of ice. Shake very well. Put into chilled  glass.  Rim with sugar and orange zest.

#10 Marenas Beach Resort, Sunny Isles Beach (Miami), FL

The Boulevardier Martini

1.5oz Basil Hayden’s Bourbon
3/4oz Sweet Vermouth
3/4oz Campari
Stirred with ice (40 stirs without breaking the ice cubes is the sweet spot)

Strain into a coupe.  Garnish with an orange peel (twist the peel over the glass to release the zest, and then lay on the side of the glass)

#11  Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain , Arizona
From Jade Bar at Scottsdale’s fan favorite

Cantaloupe Martini

Cantaloupe Martini

1.5 oz.     Titos Vodka
2 oz.        Watermelon liqueur
Splash     Orange juice (fresh)
Splash     Lime juice (fresh)

Combine all ingredients with ice and shake. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a cantaloupe ball.

#12  Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa , Florida
From McCoy’s Oceanfront on the beach

Repeal of 1933

1.5 oz.           1800 SILVER Tequila
0.25 oz.         Mezcal
1                     Fresno chili slice
2                     Strawberries
1 oz.               Simple syrup
1 oz.               Lime juice

In a shaker, muddle chili and strawberries. Add tequila, lime and simple syrup. Shake and strain over ice. Garnish with a lime wedge.


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