The Martini is a thing of beauty. Whether you’re a fan of making it dirty, perfect or with vodka instead of gin, there are as many ways to make a Martini as there are people who love it. But that dry, boozy combination of gin and vermouth doesn’t have to be the sole cocktail in your arsenal. Here are five other drinks that Martini lovers will enjoy.
If You Like Martinis, You’ll Love These 5 Cocktails
When is a Martini not a Martini? When it’s a Gibson, of course. Instead of an olive or twist, this classic includes a speared cocktail onion as a garnish. It adds a salty-sour tinge to the drink that makes it the perfect aperitif.
If you love the taste of ice cold gin but need to satisfy a sweet tooth, then the Aviation is for you. A mix of gin, crème de violette, maraschino and lemon juice, it has a sweet-tart taste that isn’t too saccharine. And don’t let the sugar fool you—this cocktail is boozy as can be.
Crème de Violette
For gin drinkers who can’t get enough of its floral, herbal flavors, this cocktail employs the help of green Chartreuse for even more of a botanical punch. Even though it uses sweet vermouth, the resulting sipper is dry with just an underlying hint of sugar.
This vegetal take on the Brazilian favorite is savory, tangy and a little bit spicy if you wind up with a hot shishito (the odds are about one in ten). Even if you’re unfamiliar with cachaça’s bright funkiness, it marries perfectly with the other ingredients for a superbly balanced cocktail.
Fans of the Martini are fans of boozy beverages, which is why the Sazerac deserves a place in their bar rotation. This variation pairs spicy rye with caraway-heavy aquavit, cumin-flavored Kummel liqueur and celery bitters for a dry and savory drink that will leave you wanting more.