Category: Martinis


I was in Leeds at a bar called Mook and I saw one of the bartenders set alight something and run it around the rim of a glass and since then I’ve wanted to know and do what he did, so I did!

To start this beautiful cocktail, you grab an orange peel slice and run a flame over the peel this releases the oils in the skin and you run it around the rim of a Martini glass, this adds to the flavour of the cocktail.

Setting alight the peel

Then you add ice, lime juice,cranberry juice, Cointreau and Absolut Citron into a shaker, give it a good shake then strain into chilled Martini glasses.



Recipe – 2 Servings

75ml Absolut Citron

25ml Cointreau

25ml Lime Juice

100ml  Cranberry Juice

Orange peel to flavour the rim

Lime wedge for garnish

Run match across an orange peel this releases the oils, you run the peel around the rim of 2 Martini glasses. 

Add liquids to shaker then shake vigorously then strain into glasses.

To me this is a beautiful drink, when you first sip it you taste the orange from the peel, mixed with the lemon vodka combined with the cointreau add the lime for the zangyness, with the dryness of cranberry juice on top this is a really complex cocktail with flavour.



Cosmopolitans are a flavourfull citrus cocktail which uses Absolut Citron, I swapped it for Absolut Raspberry, this cocktail can also be made using Cambord.


75ml Cranberry Juice

50ml Absolut Raspberry

12.5ml Cointreau

12.5ml Lime Juice

Lemon Wheel for garnish

Shake ingredients  with ice then pour into martini glass, run the lemon wedge over the rim. 

I prefer this to an original Cosmopolitan as it’s more tangy and refreshing.

Blue Arrow

This beautifully blue, sharp as an arrow drink is as flavourful as it is deadly.

Blue ArrowServing One

50ml Gin

25ml Blue Curacao

25ml Cointreau

25ml Lime Juice


Place cherry in the bottom of a martini glass, then shake with ice the liqueurs and lime juice and strain into glass.

This drink is one that you sip! Incredibly strong but the flavour is there, you won’t find this bad boy on a cocktail menu.

Chocolate Mint Martini

I was really craving a chocolate based drink and I’ve been meaning to try and use creme de menthe. The drink’s flavour is very creamy with a chocolaty taste with the sharpness of mint.

Chocolate and Mint Martini

Serving One

75ml Milk

62.5ml Chocolate Liqueur

12.5ml Creme De Menthe

Chocolate shavings for garnish

Add ingredients to shaker with ice, shake well then strain into martini glassgarnish with chocolate shavings.

Brilliant mix of flavours with the silkiness of the milk and chocolate liqueur this drink goes down so easily, in the original recipe I used a full measure of creme de menthe but found it a little over powering.

Valentine Martini

I saw this in one of my cocktail recipe books I had to alter the recipe a tiny bit as I don’t have any Chambord or Raspberry Juice although I have Cranberry Juice and Absolut Raspberry Vodka.

Valentine MartiniServing 2

100ml Absolut Raspberry Vodka

25ml Lime Juice

2 Dashes sugar Syrup

8 – 12 Raspberries

50ml Cranberry Juice


Edible glitter for decoration

Add to shaker: Vodka, Lime Juice, Cranberry Juice,Raspberries and Ice shake vigorously this muddles the berries creating the juice although when I made the cocktail I didn’t consider this which makes the cranberry juice unneeded, double strain into Martini glasses, garnish with Raspberry and sprinkle glitter onto top.


Franky and Benny’s use to do an Appletini which had ginger bread syrup in with apple sours, it had a warm zingy taste and I’ve always wanted to replicate it so the ingredients that I bought Baked Apple Liqueur, Apple Schnapps, Apple Juice and tiny bit of Vodka.

Appletini finish Serving 1

35ml Baked Apple Liqueur

25ml Apple Schnapps

15ml Vodka

150ml Apple Juice

Apple Wheel for garnish

Cinnamon for decoration

Add all liquids into a shaker with ice, give it a shake then strain into a Martini Glass, sprinkle a little cinnamon onto the top and garnish with Apple Wheel

Vanilla Vodka Sour

I’ve never worked with egg whites before and I didn’t really like the sound of them in a cocktail, I asked Nina what drink she wanted and she replied “Surprise me!” and it did, this cocktail is a creamy dreamy.

Sour Vanilla VodkaServing 2

100ml Vanilla Vodka

75ml Lemon Juice

25ml Sugar Syrup

2 Egg Whites

Angostura Bitters

Add ice, vanilla vodka, sugar syrup and egg whites into the shake, give a good shake and pour DO NOT strain into Martini glasses using the glass part of the Boston Shaker you can avoid getting ice into the drink, use Angostura bitters to decorate.