Martini Party, Shaken and Not Stirred

“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine. “
Humphrey Bogart, Casablanca

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“Of all the gin joints,”: Martini Cocktail Party & Favorite Martini Recipes

Want to channel a more sophisticated party to host friends over?  …Martinis!

With so many variations of this smooth and bitter libation, a martini party would be a fabulously good time.  Allow me to share my favorite savory and sweet martini cocktail recipes with you and a quick event design to create an everlasting impression on your guests.

Let’s begin, shall we?  Place a chilled vodka and gin bottle in an over-sized crystal bucket filled with ice and surround on the buffet table by chilled martini glasses.  I prefer Grey Goose or Belvedere and Tanqueray or Hendrick’s.

Invite guests to make their own variations by putting favorite, popular or unique martini recipes elegantly penned on 3×5 cards next to the martini bar.  Write up savory martini cocktail recipes and some sweet martini cocktail recipes for the picking.  Add to the martini bar an assortment of ingredients and garnishes to be used with these recipes.   Have a couple of shakers and plenty stirrers at the martini bar for all to use and little waiting on the next drink.  I say, take turns tending bar to see who’s the best mixologist in the group and enjoy!

Here are a few of my favorites:

Lemon Drop Martini


    • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
    • 1/2 ounce triple sec
    • 1 ounce simple syrup
    • 1 teaspoon superfine sugar
    • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
    • 4 -5 ice cubes
    • superfine sugar, for the martini glass rim
    • lemon twists


  1. Chill martini glasses in freezer for at least 10 minutes prior to serving.
  2. Place Vodka, Triple Sec, simple syrup, lemon juice and sugar into a cocktail shaker with 4-5 ice cubes and shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
  3. Run the lemon twist around the edge of the chilled martini glass and dunk in a small amount of sugar for a coated rim.
  4. Pour the strained martini into the chilled glasses and serve.

Cucumber Martini


    • 2½ ounces gin
    • 1/2 ounce dry vermouth
    • cucumber slice


  1. Stir gin and vermouth in a mixing glass with ice.
  2. Strain into a chilled martini glass.
  3. Finish with a cucumber garnish.

For this affair, I recommend a finger food menu high in protein or carbohydrates which will be necessary to accompany these strong cocktails.  Remember to offer plenty of water and always have a designated driver.

To cap the ambiance place tea lights around the room and play your favorite smooth jazz or funk- for an upbeat mood.

You are now set for a sophisticated evening among gentlemen and ladies.  Cheers!

What is your favorite martini, gin or vodka based?

xx, Iliana

“Happiness is…finding two olives in your martini when you’re hungry.”
Johnny Carson

“I never go jogging, it makes me spill my martini.”
George Burns


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