National Martini Day is June 19th – The perfect excuse to celebrate the beginning of summer by grabbing some friends and enjoying a mid-week concoction. Personally, I enjoy a good Cucumber & Mint Martini, but there are always new varieties to choose from.

 So, what exactly is a Martini?

The classic martini is made with gin (or vodka) and vermouth, garnished with an olive or lemon twist. However, today many martinis (technically cocktails) are often made with a variety of different mixtures and generally consist of gin or vodka spirits and served in a stylish martini glass.

 

 

Martini Trend Alert: Bitters

Fashion is not the only industry with seasonal trends. This year the cocktail industry seems to be trending back to the classic 1930’s cocktail – and it’s all about bitters. According to a Booze and Weight loss article, bitters are a great way to add a bit of flavor, without the extra calories. So tonight, go out and impress your friends with this twist on the classics.
Even if you can’t make a night out on the town, you can make your own Martinis at home. These easy recipes won our martini stamp of approval.

Orange Bitters Martini

From Allrecipes.com (Only 183 calories!)

2 cups ice
2 fluid ounces gin (or vodka)
1/2 fluid ounce dry vermouth
2 dashes orange bitters
1 olive, for garnish

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in gin and vermouth, and add a couple shakes of orange bitters. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with olive.

Hendricks Cucumber Martini

From Food.com

1/2 ounce simple syrup
4 slices cucumbers
4 ounces of hendricks gin (or cucumber vodka)
ice

Muddle, shake. Serve straight up in a chilled martini glass with a slice of cucumber as a garnish.

Cheers!