As you know, the martini is the “King of Cocktails” or so we are told by our friends and insiders at Ketel One Vodka. Also, when you ask any talented bartenders at celebrated bars around the globe, they will offer their own entertaining and educational takes on the origin of this famous cocktail: who created the first martini, where the name came from, and what makes it “filthy.” Every bartender will have their own preferred ratios of gin or vodka with vermouth, favored garnishes, and if they prefer it “shaken or stirred.”
In honor of this National holiday, Martini Day, Dreams in Heels and Ketel One Vodka serves up a classic Ketel One Ultimate Martini and two additional twists on the martini, the Ketel One Smoky Martini and the Ketel One Pomegranate Martini.
Let’s start with the classic recipe, Ketel One Ultimate Martini which highlights the base vodka liquid bartenders worldwide have come to know and love since its introduction to the market in 1983. Lightly combined with ice to chill, stir your cocktail before straining over a rocks glass and garnish with your choice of Olive brine or lemon twist.
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Ketel One Ultimate Martini
- 1.25 oz Ketel One® Vodka
- .25 oz of Vermouth
Stir with ice in a mixing glass and strain into a rocks glass over one large ice cube or a martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.
Note: Can be tailored to personal taste with the addition of olive brine or specialty olives
Ketel One Smoky Martini
- 1.5 oz Ketel One® Vodka
- Rinse of Lagavulin® or Oban® Scotch Whisky
Rinse old fashioned glass with scotch. Shake Ketel One Vodka with ice and strain into glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.
Ketel One Pomegranate Martini
1 oz Ketel One Citroen® Flavored Vodka
0.75 oz pomegranate liqueur
0.5 oz fresh lemon sour
0.25 oz pomegranate juice
1 piece orange twist
Shake with ice in a cocktail shaker. Serve straight up in a glass. Garnish with an orange twist.
Enjoy these recipes courtesy of Ketel One Vodka. Cheers!