Neo-Martinis

They're Martinis! And they're not!

Thai Spice Martini

The Thai Spice Martini is hot.  As the name suggests, it is a Neo-Martini flavoured primarily with the kind of spicy ingredients you might expect to find in a Thai curry.  Chilies, ginger and lemongrass, as well as lychees.  As such I would only recommend it for those...

The Vaultini

The Vaultini was the signature cocktail of The Vaults - a Cambridge cocktail bar I worked in early in my career.  Hence the name.  Vaults' Martini.  Vaultini.  It existed long before I got there and as such I have no idea who first created it, making it a House...

Japanese Slipper

The Japanese Slipper is a modern classic of limited yet enduring popularity.  Based upon the bright green Japanese melon liqueur Midori, it certainly stands out.  Just slightly tangy yet with a sweetness to it, it is a good way to make use of Midori. It consists...

Breakfast Martinis

The Breakfast Martini is a modern classic Martini Variant created by the great Salvatore Calabrese in 1996.  It is effectively a White Lady enhanced by the addition of marmalade.  Giving it a tangy, almost Sweet and Sour aspect.  It has spawned numerous variants since...

Million Dollar Cocktail

The Million Dollar Cocktail is another classic cocktail from the first golden age of bartending.  Like the legendary Singapore Sling, it too is reputed to have been created by the great Hainanese-Chinese bartender, Ngiam Tong Boon.  This likely occurred during the...

Lemon Drop

The Lemon Drop is a very interesting and unusual vodka based, lemon flavoured Neo-Martini.  It is unusual in that the actual recipe you use doesn't matter that much.  Instead what matters is that you adhere to the underlying philosophy of the drink.  So long as your...

Cosmopolitan

I know I may use the term a little too often, but the Cosmopolitan truly is an icon of the cocktail world.  It was something of a poster child for the resurgence of the cocktail in the 1980s and 90s.  And it has remained one of the most popular cocktails around the...

Dragon Boat Martini

The Dragon Boat Martini is a pleasant, bright green Neo-Martini designed with Oriental influences for mass appeal.  It is also highly illustrative of the process whereby new cocktails are created.  As such it makes an excellent case study. Dragon Boat Festival I...

Basil Grande

The Basil Grande is a very interesting Neo-Martini which is well on its way to becoming a modern classic.  It matches the fruitiness of strawberries with the unique herbal aroma of fresh basil.  And the sweetness of liqueurs with the dryness of cranberry juice....

Apple and Raspberry Martini

The Apple and Raspberry Martini is an excellent example of a Neo-Martini.  It is light and fruity, combining a pair of interesting fruit flavours.  Yet it is not a long drink and is deceptively potent.  It doesn't taste as though it contains the two shots of alcohol...

Appletini and Apple Martinis

The Appletini or Apple Martini seems a simple concept.  A Martini-style drink flavoured primarily with apple.  Yet it is surprisingly hard to pin down.  A little research may turn up multiple different recipes, often at odds with one another.  You'll also sometimes...

Taste Profile: Neo-Martinis

The term "Neo-Martini" is not an official part of cocktail nomenclature.  You're not likely to find it in any cocktail books.  It is a term I adopted to help explain the great mess of cocktails which call themselves "Martini".  You can try to get by without it if you...