What Are the Different Types of Martinis?

Last Updated on March 30, 2023 by Lauren Beck

Are you a fan of James Bond? Do you want to channel your inner spy while enjoying a cocktail? Then it’s time to explore the world of martinis. 

Martinis are one of the most popular and classic cocktails that have stood the test of time. From the classic gin martini to the more modern and unconventional vodka martini, there are plenty of options to choose from. 

In this article, we’ll dive into the different types of martinis, their history, and how to make them.

12 Different Types of Martinis

  1. Classic Gin Martini – Made with gin and vermouth, garnished with an olive or a lemon twist.
  2. Vodka Martini – Made with vodka instead of gin.
  3. Dirty Martini – Made with gin or vodka, vermouth, and olive brine, garnished with olives.
  4. Gibson – Made with gin and vermouth, garnished with a pickled onion.
  5. Appletini – Made with vodka, apple liqueur, and a splash of sour mix, garnished with a slice of apple.
  6. Espresso Martini – Made with vodka, espresso, and coffee liqueur, garnished with coffee beans.
  7. Chocolate Martini – Made with vodka, chocolate liqueur, and cream, garnished with a chocolate shavings.
  8. French Martini – Made with vodka, raspberry liqueur, and pineapple juice, garnished with a raspberry.
  9. Lemon Drop Martini – Made with vodka, triple sec, and lemon juice, garnished with a sugar rim and a lemon twist.
  10. Cosmopolitan – Made with vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and lime juice, garnished with a lime wheel.
  11. Aviation – Made with gin, maraschino liqueur, and crème de violette, garnished with a cherry.
  12. Southside – Made with gin, lime juice, simple syrup, and mint leaves, garnished with a sprig of mint.

What Is Martini?

A martini is a cocktail made with gin or vodka and vermouth, garnished with an olive or a lemon twist. It is typically served in a chilled cocktail glass, also known as a martini glass. 

Martinis are famous for being the drink of choice for suave secret agents and sophisticated socialites alike.

History of the Martini

The origins of the martini are not entirely clear, but it is believed to have originated in the late 19th century. Some theories suggest that it was created in San Francisco during the Gold Rush, while others argue that it was first served in New York City [1]. 

Regardless of its origin, the martini quickly became popular in the United States, and it has remained a classic cocktail ever since.

How to Make Different Types of Martinis?

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  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add your chosen liquor and vermouth or other ingredients to the shaker.
  3. Shake vigorously for about 20-30 seconds.
  4. Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass.
  5. Garnish with your chosen garnish.

Which Martini Is Best?

The answer to this question is entirely subjective, as everyone has their own preference when it comes to martinis. 

Some people prefer the classic gin martini, while others enjoy the sweetness of an appletini or a French martini. Ultimately, the best martini is the one that you enjoy the most.

What’s the Difference Between a Dry Martini and a Wet Martini?

A dry martini has less vermouth and a wet martini has more vermouth. A dry martini typically has a ratio of 2:1, while a wet martini has a ratio of 1:1 or even 3:1. 

This means that a dry martini is drier, and the flavor of the alcohol is more prominent, while a wet martini is more balanced and has a slightly sweeter taste.

What Is a Vodka Martini Without Vermouth Called?

A vodka martini without vermouth is called a naked martini or a pure martini. It is essentially just straight vodka chilled and served in a martini glass.


Martinis have a long and interesting history and are still a popular cocktail today. From the classic gin martini to the fruity appletini, there is a martini to suit every taste. Experiment with different types of martinis and find your favorite. Whether you like your martini dry or wet, with gin or vodka, garnished with an olive or a lemon twist, there is no wrong way to enjoy this iconic cocktail.


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