Shaken or stirred, best martinis for National Martini Day


Ready to celebrate National Martini Day? These best martinis are the perfect way to celebrate the classic cocktail and its celebratory day.

National Martini Day is June 19 and the best martinis are the way to mark the occasion. The classic cocktail is one of the most well-known adult beverages. From the iconic James Bond request of shaken, not stirred to Sex and the City girls’ night out, the martini is always a smart cocktail choice.

Martinis can be either gin or vodka based. Classically, gin was the original liquor used in the cocktail. Gin was combined with vermouth and was garnished with an olive or lemon peel.

Over the years, the martini has evolved. From the dirty martini with olive juice to creative, flavorful martinis, there is probably at least one variation that anyone could enjoy. Even dessert cocktails can be a great way to end an evening.

In honor of National Martini Day, FoodSided has put together a few suggestions for the cocktail celebration. Who’s ready to raise a glass?
Tito’s Martini, photo provided by Titos Handmade Vodka

Classic vodka martini

For a classic vodka martini, only a few ingredients are needed. A good vodka, a dry vermouth and an olive is all that you need. This version from Tito’s Handmade Vodka is a great representation of the classic cocktail.

"Tito’s MartiniIngredients•3 oz Tito’s Handmade Vodka•1 oz (or less) dry vermouth•3 olives for garnishMethod•Add Tito’s Handmade Vodka and dry vermouth to a shaker with ice•Shake or stir, strain into a chilled martini glass•Garnish with 3 olives"

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Elevated, special martini

Just in time for the martini holiday, Lawry’s The Prime Rib is offering an epic martini for the occasion. The tableside Meat & Potato Martini is definitely a perfect pairing for the classic Lawry’s meal. Served with olives stuffed with horseradish and prime rib, this martini is the first cocktail that the restaurant chose to serve tableside. Wonder which steak goes best with this martini?
Tito’s Bloody Good Martini, photo provided by Tito’s Handmade Vodka

Playing off a famous cocktail

One of the classic brunch cocktails is a Bloody Mary. The combination of tomato juice and vodka is a favorite with many drinkers. Those same flavors can be brought into a martini. Tito’s Handmade Vodka offers this version of a martini inspired by the Bloody Mary.

"Tito’s Bloody Good MartiniIngredients•2 ½ oz Tito’s Handmade Vodka•¾ oz tomato water•½ oz olive juice•Pickled toppings for garnishMethod•Combine Tito’s Handmade Vodka, tomato water and olive juice in a shaker with ice•Shake or stir, strain into a chilled martini glass•Garnish with your favorite pickled toppings"

Elevated martinis

Elevated martinis are all about the decadent ingredients. At The Signature Lounge in Chicago, the elevated martinis are a perfect pairing to the 360 degree views in the lounge. While the cocktail menu has many martinis, the Godiva Chocolate Martini is a perfect sweet ending to National Martini Day. This cocktail combines Godiva chocolate liqueur, Dorda double chocolate liqueur, Pinnacle whipped vodka, and cream. Cheers to the martini.

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Whether you prefer shaken, stirred, classic or dessert, don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate National Martini Day. What martini should we have included in our best martinis list?