The vodka martini is a classic drink, but there are plenty of ways to switch it up. Every now and then, when a new martini variation pops up, it becomes so popular that you could say it’s famous. We tracked down sixteen martinis with true star power and found the recipes so you can recreate them in your own home.
- Famous & Popular Martinis to Make at Home
- 1. Outback’s Key Lime Martini
- 2. Outback Blueberry Martini Recipe
- 3. Outback Gingerbread Martini
- 4. TGIFridays Cotton Candy Martini
- 5. Bonefish Grill Crushed Pineapple Martini Recipe
- 6. Bonefish Grill Espresso Martini Recipe
- 7. Bonefish Grill Raspberry Martini Recipe
- 8. Bonefish Grill Hawaiian Martini
- 9. Churchill & Alfred Hitchcock Martini
- 10. Betty White Martini
- 11. Hemingway Martinis
- 12. Vesper Martini (Martini Made Popular in Casino Royale)
- 13. Bahama Breeze Pineapple Coconut Martini
- 14. Cheesecake Factory Key Lime Martini
- 15. Apple Pie Martini
- 16. Olive Garden Mango Martini
- Bottom Line
Famous & Popular Martinis to Make at Home
1. Outback’s Key Lime Martini
Everyone loves the key lime martini at Outback Steakhouse, but they have their secret to this delicious cocktail tightly under wraps. We couldn’t find an exact copycat recipe, but this Key Lime Martini by Amanda’s Cookin’ comes really close.
The creaminess and taste of this martini cocktail closely resemble the perfect piece of a key lime pie. Vanilla vodka, coconut rum, pineapple juice, key lime juice, and heavy cream are combined in a cocktail shaker with ice and shaken until blended. Give your martini glass a nice thick rim of crushed graham crackers before pouring.
2. Outback Blueberry Martini Recipe
Outback’s Blueberry Martini is irresistibly good, and you’ll love how easy it is to recreate your favorite martini cocktail with this easy recipe. The intense blueberry flavor makes this one of the best sweet vodka martinis your lips will ever meet.
The ingredients for this one are super simple. You just need blueberry vodka, blueberry syrup, and Tom Collins mix. You also want to add a few blueberries, either fresh or frozen. You can add them right to the martini shaker when making the drink. Fresh is best if you want the blueberries to muddle up a bit and release their natural flavors. On the other hand, frozen blueberries will help make the drink nice and cold and are fun to nibble on.
Serve in your favorite chilled cocktail glass and enjoy.
3. Outback Gingerbread Martini
Outback’s Gingerbread Martini is like dessert in a glass and is the perfect drink to indulge in and celebrate the holiday season.
To make this popular holiday drink, start with your favorite vodka, then add in some Bailey’s Irish Cream, Kahlua, gingerbread flavored syrup (rumor has it that Outback will sell you a bottle if they’re currently serving their Gingerbread Martinis), and vanilla ice cream.
You can either do a quick blend with all the ingredients in a blender or add them to a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. If you go the cocktail shaker route, make sure the ice cream is nice and soft. Garnish your glass with a rim of crushed graham crackers or gingerbread, and top with whipped cream before serving.
4. TGIFridays Cotton Candy Martini
TGIFridays infamous Cotton Candy Martini has a little secret. It’s actually just a cosmopolitan cocktail that’s poured over cotton candy. The magic comes from a handful of cotton candy you put in the martini glass before pouring. This copycat recipe covers all the bases and includes the ingredients of vodka, cranberry juice, Cointreau, and lime juice.
If you’ve never tried one of these, don’t be put off by the idea of cotton candy in a cocktail. It’s not overpowering at all and adds a lightly sweet, interesting flavor.
5. Bonefish Grill Crushed Pineapple Martini Recipe
When you’re planning your next cocktail party with a tropical theme, don’t forget to add this copycat recipe of the Bonefish Grill Crushed Pineapple Martini. It’s sweet, tropical, and delicious.
Fresh pineapple chunks make the best cocktail, but if you’re in a pinch, you can just use canned pineapple – although the texture will be different. If you’re using fresh pineapple chunks, cut them small and remove any pieces of brown from the outer skin.
Start by muddling the pineapple in a mixing glass to release the pineapple juice. Coconut rum, elderflower liqueur, simple syrup, ice cubes, and lemon juice round out the ingredients. If you’re using fresh pineapple, save a few pieces for garnishing the glasses. Otherwise, cute little tropical umbrellas are kitschy and cute and work great.
6. Bonefish Grill Espresso Martini Recipe
The espresso martini has become a modern classic, and you can easily make a point that Bonefish Grill does it better than anyone. This copycat recipe starts with a chilled martini glass rimmed with a mixture of chocolate shavings and sugar, making it the perfect after-dinner treat.
For the good stuff inside the glass, you’ll need vanilla-flavored vodka, dark creme de cacao, coffee liqueur, espresso, and ice to shake it all up in a martini shaker. A chocolate liqueur will work if you don’t have creme de cacao. We like adding a few coffee beans for an extra delicious martini –just don’t swallow them whole!
7. Bonefish Grill Raspberry Martini Recipe
by CD Kitchen
The raspberry martini was at the forefront of the flavored martini movement, and it has remained a favorite for all these years. The Bonefish Grill Raspberry Martini is probably one of the most famous out there, and this copycat recipe recreates the flavor perfectly.
Raspberry vodka is a must, along with black raspberry liqueur. Add them to a cocktail shaker with some ice cubes, sour mix, and lemon-lime soda. We like to toss a few fresh raspberries into the martini glass before pouring this ruby-tone beauty in to join them.
8. Bonefish Grill Hawaiian Martini
The Bonefish Grill has a long list of popular martinis that we love to recreate at home, so we had to add their Hawaiian Martini to our list too. While this one tastes as good as the martini you’d get in the restaurant, it requires a lengthy list of ingredients.
First, you’ll need a couple of fruit juices – pineapple juice and lime juice. You’ll also need Desert Pear syrup, coconut syrup, coconut water, and finally, coconut rum. We like this all mixed in a mixing glass with a good-sized scoop of crushed ice. An orchid makes a gorgeous garnish, but we admit it’s a bit “extra,” so don’t worry about skipping it.
9. Churchill & Alfred Hitchcock Martini
Alfred Hitchcock and Winston Churchill shared similar thoughts regarding their favorite cocktail. Both of them enjoyed a classic vodka martini, but neither of them was very fond of all of the dry vermouth.
Instead, their version of the classic martini was very simple. Vodka, ice, and done. This recipe by Drizly is for a stirred martini, where you add just vodka and ice to a cocktail shaker and stir before straining it into a martini glass. Enjoy this just as it is, or garnish it with an olive or lemon twist.
10. Betty White Martini
Betty White made it clear that she prioritized two things in her diet, which she felt contributed to her longevity. The first was hot dogs (usually served with fries), and the second was vodka. Who are we to argue with a woman who lived to be nearly a hundred years old?
Rumor has it she preferred her vodka on the rocks with lots of lemons but wasn’t opposed to drinking it other ways – such as a perfect vodka martini. The Golden Betty White Cocktail by 30 Seconds Food pays tribute to Betty White with a vodka cocktail loaded with lemon flavor. This is the perfect martini to enjoy on a warm day or when settling down to enjoy a Betty White binge-watching session.
11. Hemingway Martinis
The Hemingway Martini by Difford’s Guide is elegance in a martini glass. This drink is in the realm of classic martinis, but it’s a little sweet and creamy, thanks to Kettle One Orange Vodka and Giffard Vanille de Madagascar. Grapefruit juice and Nolly Prat extra dry add balance and a refreshing element to this cocktail. Plan on slipping this slow and savoring every bit.
12. Vesper Martini (Martini Made Popular in Casino Royale)
Anyone familiar with the James Bond movies, especially Casino Royale, is also familiar with his trademark drink – the vesper martini. This martini is similar to a classic dry martini, but instead of using either gin or vodka, the Vesper includes both!
To make the most authentic Vesper, you should Lillet Blanc, but dry vermouth can work as a substitute. For this cocktail, we think you really need a good London dry gin and high-quality vodka. Add the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with some ice cubes. Remember that James Bond likes his martinis shaken, not stirred. Garnish with a twist of lemon peel, and enjoy.
13. Bahama Breeze Pineapple Coconut Martini
Pineapple and coconut are among the iconic flavor pairings and make the base of more than one classic cocktail. If you love these tropical flavors together but want to try something a bit different, the Bahama Breeze Pineapple Coconut Martini is a sure win.
Unlike a classic martini, this one doesn’t have any gin or vodka. Instead, it features coconut rum, peach schnapps, pineapple juice, fresh lemon juice, and grenadine syrup. This recipe calls for a pineapple ring for a garnish, which looks and tastes great. If you want to keep things simpler, a wedge of lemon or lime will do just as nicely.
14. Cheesecake Factory Key Lime Martini
Have you ever ordered up a round of Key Lime Martinis at the Cheesecake Factory and thought it would be great to serve these at your own cocktail party? We hear you, which is why we tracked down this copycat recipe that tastes like the real thing.
Combining vanilla vodka, key lime juice, and coconut cream creates the iconic pie flavor, while pineapple juice adds a nice dose of sweetness. Add a big dollop of whipped cream, and you’ll be glad you decided to drink your dessert this time!
15. Apple Pie Martini
Ree Drummond is the queen of all things delicious, so it doesn’t surprise us one bit that her apple pie martini has a cult following. This isn’t your standard vodka martini. Instead, it features apple-flavored bourbon as the star of the show.
You’ll also want to add triple sec, toasted caramel syrup, egg white, and just a pinch of cinnamon to the list. She serves these with little strips of baked pie dough that have been dusted in cinnamon sugar, but even something simple like a thin slice of apple or an orange peel would go perfectly.
16. Olive Garden Mango Martini
Olive Garden makes a mango martini that’s to die for. This copycat martini recipe includes a double punch of mango flavor with Malibu Mango Rum and mango nectar. Make sure you use the mango nectar and not just the juice. It makes a huge difference in the taste and texture of this drink.
If you wanted to create your own mango martini variation, using this recipe as your base, you could try using citrus vodka instead of rum. A nice thick wedge of lime is the perfect accompaniment to your cocktail glass for this delicious drink.
What is the most popular type of martini?
A classic martini that features either gin or vodka and dry vermouth is the most popular type of martini. Given this classic base, you can make it your own by using more or less dry vermouth and garnishing it with a lemon twist or olive.
What kinds of martinis are there?
There are practically endless variations you can make on the classic martini. You can enjoy vodka martinis or sip on gin martini instead. Maybe a dirty martini that features olive brine or olive juice instead of dry vermouth. Some people also enjoy their martini with cocktail onions, which is called a Gibson Cocktail or Gibson Martini. Once you start adding in different flavors, the only limit is your imagination.
How many martinis are there in the world?
One could say that there are only two types of martinis in the world – gin martinis and vodka martinis. Once you stray from these two or start adding lots of different flavors, you’ve stepped away from the realm of the classic martini.
However, if you were to look up types of martinis, you’ll likely encounter wide flavored varieties and martini variations. A few examples include the lemon drop martini, cranberry martini, pomegranate martini, watermelon martini, and the French martini — just to name a few!
What martini does James Bond drink?
James Bond made the Vesper martini famous. The Vesper martini includes both gin and vodka, plus Lillet Blanc. If you’re making this in true James Bond style, you want to ensure that it’s shaken and not stirred before pouring it into your martini glasses.
There are many different types of martinis that people love. This list is just the tip of the iceberg. If you’re searching for more martinis or fun cocktail recipes, we’ve got you covered. Check out more of our fun cocktail lists and articles that feature everything you need to know to enjoy your cocktails to the fullest.