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Published: June 2014
Celebrate National Martini Day with these Recipes  

On the rocks, neat or straight up.


Naked, shaken or stirred.

Dry or extra dry.

Garnished or not.

And that's just a start.


There are numerous ways to prepare a martini, and you can create one for yourself (and your friends) today in celebration of National Martini Day.

Mixologists from bars and restaurants at Benchmark Resorts & Hotels and Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels share their recipes to honor this classic libation:

The Cavender Martini

created by Hotel Contessa - Suites on the Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas

1 oz. St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur

1 oz. Cinco Vodka (San Antonio's own vodka)

1 oz. Cava Brut Rosé

Shake St. Germaine & Cinco Vodka with ice

Strain into chilled martini glass

Top off with Cava Brut Rosé

Garnish with an orange twist & orange essence

The Golden Hokie Martini

created by The Inn at Virginia Tech in Blackburn, Va.

Muddle 2 lemon verbena leaves, 3 mint leaves, one sugar cube and juice of half a lime

Add 2 oz. of Wild Turkey 81, and shake

Strain into a chilled martini glass

Garnish with a lime wheel and float a mint leaf on top

Summer Nine8tini

created by Villas of Grand Cypress in Orlando, Fla.

10 fresh raspberries

3 shots Grey Goose vodka

3 fresh basil leaves

¾ lemon

12 oz. tonic water

Cut basil into strips

Add raspberries and basil into a mortar and pestle

Grind until paste and add to a small pitcher

Add the 3 shots of vodka

Add 12 oz. of tonic water and juice of the lemon

Refrigerate for 2 hours

Pour into a raw sugar rimmed martini glass

Bonaventure Peach Cosmo

created by Bonaventure Resort & Spa in  (Weston) Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

1.25 oz. Ciroc Peach vodka

.25 oz. orange liquor

1 oz. pomegranate juice

.25 oz. lemon juice

Splash of soda to top

Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with peach wedge.

photo credit: Orrefors Balans Martini Glass, flickr, creative commons provided by Didriks

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