I love a good martini and this week is a good excuse to have one, or two. Here are 5 fantastic recipes for National Martini Day in Southwest Florida and for TikTok Tuesday.

June 19th is National Martini Day. Martinis are some of the most popular cocktails in bars nationwide. There are establishments that have an entire page in their menu dedicated to specialty martinis. They are classy, they are sassy and they are so darn good.

I tend to like a more traditional martini, be it gin or a vodka, dirty please. For a deeper dive into the history of the classics and how to order them click here for another story of mine out now in Times of the Islands Magazine. It also highlights a few good vodkas and gins to use.

Celebrating National Martini Day In Southwest Florida

I tend to like a more traditional martini, be it gin or a vodka, dirty please. For a deeper dive into the history of the classics and how to order them click here. It’s another story of mine out now in Times of the Islands Magazine. It also highlights a few good vodkas and gins to use.

Martini glass with pink liquid and a lemon wedge garnish in front of a green shrub for National Martini Day In Southwest Florida
Photo: Gina Birch
Martinis are more than just vodka or gin shaken over ice. Bartenders come up with lots of creative combos, many perfect for summer. All are great to celebrate National Martini Day in Southwest Florida.

It is not hard to make a martini. Most require very few ingredients. However, those ingredients need to be quality. In addition, technique can make all the difference between a good and great cocktail. Hopefully some of these videos will help up your game.

If you don’t have a TikTok account, don’t worry. I’ve made it easy to view by taking these links from mine. Simply scroll down and watch from this post. Some of these recipes work for both vodka and gin, but not all.

Finally, here are 5 fantastic recipes for National Martini Day in Southwest Florida

  • The Basics

    This guy is good at the basics. He helps you decipher some terminology and also coaches you when it comes to the addition of both vermouth and olive juice. You may have to watch it twice, he talks fast.

    @servedbysammy

    🫒How dirty do YOU like it? Find out! 👇Tag a friend who loves a Dirty Martini👇 To find your perfect amount of dirty, simply add: 🫒2.5 oz Gin or Vodka 🫒1/2 oz Dry Vermouth 🫒1/2 oz Olive Brine at a time, straw testing until you’ve reached your desired taste If you ALSO like you Martini dry or extra dry, rinse the glass with vermouth and dump it out instead of adding it to the cocktail, or skip the vermouth altogether! Then just shake with ice and double strain into a glass! #martini #dirtymartini #cocktails #cocktailrecipes

    ♬ Dirty Thoughts - Chloe Adams

  • Bikini Martini

    This one uses rum. It looks like it might be on the sweeter side too. But it sure does make a pretty looking cocktail in that martini glass.  It might be perfect for the pool. 

  • French Martini

    I’ve seen this on a few cocktail menus and it’s a little on the sweet side too. You might have to strain your eyes a bit to see the ingredients and proportions. They are on the left side of the video but are vodka, raspberry liqueur and pineapple juice.

    @everydaycocktail

    The recipe looks good and grammatically correct! Here's a version with some added emoticons: 🍸 This is the perfect French Martini! 🇫🇷🍸 You should definitely try this. 🤤 Chambord 🍇 is a raspberry liqueur made since the 17th century. And this classic martini 🍸 is amazing and delicious. Recipe: 🍸 3 oz. Gray Goose Vodka 🍍 2 oz. Pineapple Juice 🍇 1 oz. Chambord 🧂 Pinch of Salt 🥂 Cheers! 🍸🎉 #alcohol #bar #bartender #bartenderlife #cocktailrecipe #cheers #cocktail #frenchmartini #martini #chambord #raspberry #liquor

    ♬ son original - Washboard Sessions

  • Raspberry Limoncello Martini

    This looks so refreshing and delicious. Ano9ther great martini for Southwest Florida summers. Also, National Limoncello Day is coming up so you can kill two birds with one stone here. 

    @cocktails

    Brighten up your day with this refreshing Raspberry Limoncello Martini!🍋🍸 @My friends call me Bev #limoncello #martini #summercocktails #cocktails

    ♬ original sound - Viral cocktails

  • Espresso Martini

    Espresso martinis are super popular. I like them for dessert too. There are many different ways to make them but the classic uses actual espresso, not espresso flavored liqueur and such.

    @oliviaamcdowell

    Replying to @🦋 sharing my espresso martini recipe – always my fav drink in the winter months 🤎 #espressomartini

    ♬ original sound - Olivia

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