Famous Martini Recipes

This week’s cocktail recipes will sure make you feel like a star!  Check out David’s famous martini recipes with a bonus sweet and savory dessert martini.

Written By: David Edessa

Shaken…. Not Stirred!

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

This is a martini that I enjoyed a few years ago at a cocktail party at the Hollywood Athletic Club. I enjoyed it so much and was jealous that it was not my creation.

Rosemary Lemon Martini

  • 3 oz. Citrus Vodka
  • 1 /2 oz. rosemary simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz. lemonade
  • 1 tablespoon lemon curd
  • Garnish with a lemon slice or rosemary sprig

The drink utilizes vodka, however, I have utilized gin and it works!


Fill your martini glass with ice and water, and set aside.

While your martini glass is chilling, fill a shaker with ice. Add the vodka, rosemary simple syrup, lemonade and lemon curd. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds, which is enough time for your glasses to chill. Remove the ice from the serving martini glass and pour the liquid into the glass. Garnish with a slice or lemon or a sprig of rosemary, and enjoy immediately!

Directions for the rosemary simple syrup:

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, water and rosemary. Stir often; allow the sugar to melt and the syrup to become warm before turning off the heat. Allow the rosemary simple syrup to cool and infuse for at least ten minutes, or up to one hour. Strain into a small Mason jar or container, and set aside. The rosemary simple syrup will keep in the fridge for at least two months.

Next, this classic 007 recipe comes from the Bond movies…. However, the new version does utilize the books recipes.

Modern 007 Martini

  • 4 oz. vodka (Smirnoff)
  • ½ oz. measure dry vermouth
  • Garnish with a lemon twist.


Shake ingredients well with ice, strain and pour into a martini glass. Add a large thin slice of lemon peel as a garnish.

Made famous by James Bond in Ian Fleming’s book Casino Royale, this martini is, of course, shaken, not stirred.

Classic Vesper Martini (007)

  • 3 oz. gin (90 proof British London Dry)
  • 1 oz. vodka (100 proof Russian grain)
  • 1/2 oz. Lillet Blanc
  • Garnish with a lemon twist


Shake ingredients well with ice, strain and pour into a deep champagne goblet glass. Add a large thin slice of lemon peel as a garnish. This Vesper 007 recipe comes from the Bond novels.

Finally, here is a great Dessert Martini you should definitely try.

Salted Caramel Chocolate Martini

  • 1 oz. Vanilla Vodka
  • 1 oz. Godiva Dark Chocolate liqueur
  • 1 oz. Godiva Caramel liqueur
  • 1 oz. dark creme de cacao
  • 2 oz. Cream or Half & Half
  • Garnish with caramel syrup and sea salt.


Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker over ice. Cover, and shake until the outside of the shaker has frosted. Dip the rim of a chilled martini glass in caramel syrup and then rim the same glass in the sea salt. Strain the cocktail into the martini glass to serve. If you do not want buy the caramel liqueur you can substitute butterscotch schnapps.

Photo Sources: Liquor.com


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