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16 Christmas Martinis You’ll Want to Sip All Winter Long

Talk about getting into the holiday spirit!

If you’re ever hunting for a cocktail perfect for celebrations, look no further than the savvy martini. Embodying elegance and sophistication, the classic sip has stood the test of time with its distinct flavor. During the holiday season, the martini transforms into a decadent delight, capable of instilling anyone with Christmas joy.

A perfect Christmas martini highlights the festive flavors of the season while being impeccably balanced. Many mixologists note the key to making a delicious martini—no matter its variation—is using high-quality ingredients and getting the temperature just right. “The perfect martini is about finding the balance between temperature and dilution. The best martinis are served ice cold with just enough dilution to make it palatable but not watered down. Large ice cubes are key,” says Cole Whitney, beverage manager at The Royal Sonesta New Orleans.

Here are a few favorite Christmas martini recipe ideas from cocktail experts to get you into the holiday spirit. Whatever your taste might be, we bet you’ll be mixing up some of these drinks at your upcoming holiday soiree. Cheers!

1. Monarch

1 oz. Courvoisier XO
½ oz. St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
½ oz. lemon juice
½ oz. simple syrup
1 oz. Grand Marnier
1 oz. apricot purée
1 whole egg white
Orange twist, for garnish
Cherry, for garnish
Edible gold leaf, for garnish

Dry shake all ingredients. Pour in ice and shake until well-chilled. Double strain into a martini glass. Garnish with an orange twist, cherry and an edible gold leaf.

From Rampoldi

2. Winter Warmer

1 oz. vodka
1 oz. Irish cream
¾ oz. fresh espresso (or cold-brew concentrate)
¾ oz. coffee liqueur
¼ oz. Fernet Branca
Fresh mint, for garnish

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until well chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with a mint leaf.

3. Sipsmith Chestnut Martini

2 parts Sipsmith London Dry Gin
1 teaspoon of chestnut syrup
2 dashes of Angostura Bitters
Glaće cherries, for garnish

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir well and double strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with candied cherries.

From Sipsmith

4. Smelt of the Elderberries

2 oz. Botanist Gin infused with honey and rosemary
½ oz. Dolin Blanc Vermouth
½ oz. Dolin Rouge Vermouth
½ oz. St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur

Place all ingredients in a mixing glass. Add ice and stir for 20 revolutions. Strain into chilled Nick & Nora glass.

1 part dehydrated lemon peels
2 parts bee pollen

Add lemon peels and bee pollen into a blender and blend until all ingredients are granulated. Roll chilled Nick & Nora glass into the mixture.


5. The Earth Eyes

1 ½ oz. gin
1 oz. Cathead Honeysuckle Vodka
½ oz. Cocchi Americano
¼ oz. grapefruit liqueur
2 dashes of grapefruit bitters
Grapefruit twist, for garnish

Combine ingredients in a mixing glass, fill with ice, and stir until well chilled, approximately 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with a grapefruit twist.

6. Cafe Martini

2 oz. Casa Del Sol Reposado
1 oz. coffee liqueur
1 oz. cold espresso
Coffee beans, for garnish

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake until well chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with coffee beans.

From Saint Theo’s

7. Kuleana Hawaiian Kō Host Martini

2 oz. Kuleana Hawaiian Rum Agricole
2 oz. Dolin Blanc Vermouth
3 dashes of Bitter Truth Grapefruit Bitters

Stir and strain into a chilled coupe, zest a grapefruit peel over the top and enjoy.

From Kuleana Rum

8. Chocolate Covered Cherry Martini

2 oz. Effen Black Cherry Vodka
1 oz. Baileys Chocolate Liqueur
1 oz. Baileys Irish Liqueur
Amarena cherry syrup
Amarena cherry
Chocolate shavings

Measure 1 cocktail spoon of Amarena cherry syrup and add to chilled martini glass. Combine vodka, Baileys Chocolate and Baileys Irish Liqueur into a cocktail shaker and cover with ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Gently pour onto the side of the glass to layer the cherry syrup. Garnish with chocolate shavings and Amarena cherry.

From High Hill

9. The Glenlivet Ex(ube)erant Espressotini

1 ½ parts The Glenlivet 14-Year-Old whisky
¾ parts coffee liqueur
¾ parts cold brew
1 ½ parts ube milk
3 espresso beans, for garnish

Combine ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled. Strain into coupe glass and garnish with espresso beans.

From The Glenlivet

10. Martinimisu

1 oz. Borguetti Coffee Liquor
½ oz. Rumchata
1 oz. Tempus Fugit Crème de Cacao
½ oz. espresso
Shaved coconut, for garnish

Fill the cocktail shaker with ice then vigorously shake ingredients. Serve in a coupe glass and garnish with chocolate and shaved coconut.

From Bacchus Kitchen + Bar

11. Gingerbread Martini

1 ½ oz. Licor 43
1 oz. chocolate liqueur
½ oz. Tito’s Vodka
1 oz. cream
Chocolate shavings, for garnish

Begin by chilling a martini glass in the freezer. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine Licor 43, chocolate liqueur, vodka, and cream. Shake vigorously until well combined and chilled. Strain the mixture into the chilled martini glass. Garnish with chocolate shavings for an extra touch of elegance.

From Rosalie Italian Soul

12. Lo-Fi 50/50 Martini

1 ½ parts Lo-Fi Dry Vermouth
1 ½ parts gin
Lemon peel, for garnish

Stir all ingredients over ice and strain into your favorite cocktail glass.

From Lo-Fi Aperitifs

13. Naughty Nog

3 oz. eggnog
1 oz. vodka
¾ oz. Amaretto Disaronno
¼ oz. Fernet Branca
Cinnamon, for garnish

Rim a martini glass with caramel. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake, and strain into martini glass. Top with a dash of cinnamon.

From Arlo

14. 3 Cherry Cherry Choco-Tini

1 ½ oz. Tin City Chocolate Love Vodka
1 oz. cognac
½ oz. Heering Cherry Liqueur
¼ oz. Crème de Cacao
3 drops of saline solution
3 candied cherries, for garnish

Combine liquid ingredients into a mixing glass. Fill mixing glass with ice cubes and stir vigorously with a long spoon for 20 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with three candied cherries.

From The Rooftop at The Wayfarer DTLA

15. Lillet Vesper Martini

2 ½ parts Lillet Blanc
1 part Absolut Vodka
3 parts Beefeater London Dry Gin
Lemon twist, for garnish

Stir over ice and strain into a martini glass. Serve with a lemon twist.

From Lillet

16. Milady’s Big Apple Martini

2 oz. granny smith green apple-infused gin and vodka (equal parts)
¾ oz Dolin Blanc Vermouth
½ oz apple brandy
1 dehydrated apple slice, for garnish

Throw the cocktail 6-7 times from tin to tin until chilled and diluted. Finish with a dehydrated apple chip and lemon oil.

Veranda  By Sarah Dimarco Oct. 31, 2023



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