There’s something about sipping your cocktail from a long-stemmed martini glass, which is why we have so many martini variations beyond the classic recipe of gin, vermouth, and bitters. Nowadays, this cocktail is more of a format than a specific drink — a mix of liquors, liqueurs, and flavorings shaken with ice and strained into the iconic cone-shaped glass. Check out the 12 summer Martini recipes below and find the Martini that calls out to you.
1. Watermelon Lemonade Martini Cocktail Recipe:
- 2 parts Hubert’s Lemonade Watermelon
- 1 small can of Sprite
- 1 part vodka
- limes – juice of 1/2 lime and garnish
Add ice into shaker. Add 1 small can of Sprite into shaker. Add 2 parts watermelon lemonade to shaker. Add 1 part vodka to shaker. Add juice from half a lime to shaker. Shake contents well. Pour into glass. Garnish with a slice of lime.
2. CUCUMBER MARTINI:
- 1 cucumber, chopped with the skin
- 1 oz. simple syrup
- 1 oz. lime juice
- 4-5 mint leaves
- 2 oz. Vodka
- colored sugar for rim of the glasses
- cucumber slice for garnish
Blend chopped cucumber, simple syrup, lime juice and mint leaves until smooth. Strain this into a shaker with ice. Add in vodka and shake until chilled well. Wet the rim of the glass with lime and roll it on the colored sugar. Strain the chilled martini into martini glass, garnish with cucumber slice and serve immediately.
- ½ lime
- 2 tsp brown cane sugar
- 4 cl passion fruit juice
- Ginger ale
- Ice cubes
Cut half a lime into pieces, place in a shaker. add the sugar and crush. Measure the passion fruit juice add it to the shaker and fill up with ice cubes. Close the shaker and shake vigorously. Pour the liquid into a glass. top up with ginger ale, stir with a teaspoon and then garnish the rim of the glass with a slice of lime.
4. PB Martini:
- 1 shot raspberry vodka (recommended: Stoli)
- 1 shot hazelnut liqueur (recommended: Frangelico)
- 1 shot purple grape juice
- Fresh grape or peaches, for garnish
Fill cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Add all ingredients and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with grape or peaches, if desired.
5. Mixed-Berry Spritzer:
- 2 cups watermelon, cubed and frozen
- 1 cup frozen mixed berries (raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries)
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 cups SodaStream lemon-lime soda
- 1 cup vodka
- 1/4 cup fresh raspberries
- 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
- Mint, for garnish
6. MANGO MARGARITAS:
- 32 oz (908g) frozen mango chunks (approximately 8 cups)
- 1 cup tequila
- 2 oz. Triple Sec
- Juice from 4 limes
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup sugar
Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend until smooth. Add the sugar to a small plate. Run limes along the top edge of the margarita glasses, then turn upside down and place into sugar to sugar the rim. Pour the margaritas into the glasses and serve.
7. Pineapple Mimosas:
- 1/3 cup sparkling wine*
- 1/4 cup pineapple juice
- 1-2 tablespoons lemon-lime soda (like 7up)*
Chill the sparkling wine in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. The colder, the better. In a champagne flute, add sparkling wine and pineapple juice. Top the cocktail off with a splash of lemon-lime soda, to taste.
8. Peach Pomegranate Martini:
- 3 oz. Pearl Pomegranate Vodka
- 1 oz. Peachtree Peach Schnapps
- 1 oz. orange juice
- ¼ wedge freshly squeezed lemon juice
- cinnamon sugar
- cinnamon stick
- lemon twist
Combine Pomegranate Vodka, Peach Schnapps, orange juice, and lemon juice in a mixing tin. Shake all ingredients until mixed thoroughly and chilled. Rim a chilled Martini glass with cinnamon sugar and strain ingredients into the glass. Garnish Martini with a cinnamon stick and lemon twist.
9.Fresh Strawberry Lemon Drop Martinis:
- 2 shots Ketel One Citroen Vodka
- juice of 1/2 lemon (fresh Meyer lemons are best)
- 2 or 3 fresh strawberries, finely chopped
- 2 teaspoons Baker’s (extra-fine) Sugar
- (extra sugar for rimming glass)
Place the chopped strawberries in a small ramekin or cup and crush with the tines of a fork, then stir in 1 teaspoon of sugar. Set aside for about 4 or 5 minutes. Rub the edge of a martini glass with half a lemon, then dip rim in a bowl of extra fine sugar.Fill a beverage shaker with ice and add the lemon juice, strawberries, the other teaspoon of sugar and the vodka. Close and shake 50 times, then pour through a small sieve into the prepared martini glass, using the back of a spoon to press the strawberry puree.
10. Key Lime Pie Martini:
- 1½ oz. Ketel One Citroen Vodka
- 1 oz. key lime pie syrup
- ¼ oz. Limoncello
- 1 squeeze fresh lime juice
- 1 splash half-and-half
- 1 piece graham cracker
- 1 piece lime wheel
Shake all ingredients through the half-and-half with ice in a cocktail shaker. Serve straight up in a crushed graham cracker–rimmed martini glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.
11.Blueberry Basil Martini :
1. Approximately 15 fresh blueberries
2. 3 shots of vodka (optional)
3. 3 or 4 fresh basil leaves
4. 3/4 of a lemon
5. 15 oz. tonic water
Cut basil leaves into thin strips. Add basil and blueberries to your mortar and pestle (or squish them in a bowl using the end of a rolling pin.) Grind them together until you make a paste and add to a small pitcher. Add 3 shots of vodka to the pitcher (optional). Add about 15 oz. of tonic water to the pitcher and the juice of 3/4 of a lemon. Place into the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Pour into sugar rimmed martini glasses.
12. RASPBERRY LEMON DROP MARTINIS:
1. 1/4 cup fresh raspberries (plus more for garnish)
2. 3-4 ounces Pearl Red Berry Vodka (or your favorite quality vodka)
3. 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (plus lemon slices for garnish)
4. 1/4 cup lemon lime soda 4 tablespoons sugar.Directions:
- Muddle raspberries with sugar. Press through a wire mesh strainer to remove seeds. Press the berries down to release as much juice as possible.
- Mix raspberry puree, vodka, soda, lemon juice, and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake to combine.
- Pour and serve! Garnish with lemons and raspberries if desired.