Martini time recipe roundup

June 19, 2023
Martini time recipe roundup

Basil-infused gin martini

basil gin martini

Known as James Bond’s signature drink, we’ve given the martini a modern twist with a fragrant basil-infused syrup. The syrup can be prepared in advance and stored in the fridge until you need it.



  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup basil


  • 2 cups gin
  • 1/2 cup dry vermouth
  • 3/4 cup basil syrup
  • Handful fresh basil leaves
  • Strips of fresh lemon zest



ADD water, sugar and basil to a pot over medium heat. Simmer for 5 minutes, then remove from the heat. Allow to cool for at least 20 minutes. Once cool, blend the syrup and pass it through a fine sieve.


COMBINE the gin, vermouth and basil syrup in a cocktail shaker along with a few ice cubes. Shake well to chill.

STRAIN the cocktail into 8 chilled Martini glasses. Garnish with a few fresh basil leaves and a few strips of citrus zest to serve.

FOOD TEAM TIP: Because martinis aren’t served with ice, it’s important to pre-chill your serving glasses. This will keep the drinks crisp and cold for longer. 

Carrot cake martini

Carrot cake martini

We’ve teamed up with award-winning South African mixologist, Owen O’Reilly, to bring you this Easter-inspired carrot cake martini.


  • 40ml gin
  • 10ml tawny Port
  • 35ml fresh carrot juice
  • 15ml carrot cake syrup (recipe here)
  • 1 bar spoon mascarpone
  • 1 bar spoon of whole/crushed pecan nut, to garnish


COMBINE all the ingredients, except for the pecan nut, in a shaker. Stir or whisk until the mascarpone has dissolved.
FILL with ice and shake hard for 15 – 20 seconds. Fine-strain into a chilled martini/coupe glass.
GARNISH with the whole/crushed pecan nut.

Lemon cream martini

Lemon cream martini recipe

Is there a way to combine the indulgences of booze and dessert? Well, a lemon cream martini, of course.  This creamy, zesty concoction ensures that you have your dessert and drink it too.


  • 1 tot of citrus-flavoured vodka
  • 4 tots of plain vodka
  • 10ml (2 tsp) vanilla bean syrup
  • 20ml (4 tsp) coconut milk
  • 2 tots of lemon juice


ADD ice cubes to a shaker with citrus-flavoured vodka, plain vodka, vanilla bean syrup, coconut milk, and lemon juice.
SHAKE until well blended.
POUR through a strainer into a chilled glass and garnish with lemon or zest.

Litchi martini

Litchi martini recipe

A quick and easy cocktail for summer! Sip this Litchi martini next to the pool, on the beach or simply while you are lounging outside for some ultimate summer-time relaxation!


  • 1 thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger (sliced)
  • 4 fresh or tinned litchis
  • 5ml (1 tsp) simple syrup
  • 60ml (¼ cup) citrus-flavoured vodka
  • Ice cubes


ADD the ginger (sliced) and litchis to a cocktail shaker.

MUDDLE until the litchis and ginger have released their juice.

ADD the simple syrup, citrus-flavoured vodka, and a few cubes of ice.

SHAKE and strain into a glass.

GARNISH with litchis.

Dark espresso surprise martini

The rich chocolatey character of The Legendary Dark Silkie Irish Whiskey is superb in a Dark Espresso Surprise, Dark Silkie’s take on an espresso martini.


  • 50 ml Dark Silkie Irish Whiskey
  • 30 ml chilled espresso
  • 15 ml coffee liqueur
  • 10 ml simple syrup


HARD SHAKE the whiskey, chilled espresso, coffee liqueur, and simple syrup with ice.

SINGLE STRAIN into a chilled coupe glass.

SPRINKLE with chocolate powder and serve.

A shot of Christmas martini-style aperitif

A shot of Christmas recipe

A classic martini-style aperitif, perfumed with the flavour of hazelnut and vanilla.


  • 25ml vanilla vodka, well chilled
  • 25ml Crème de Cacao liqueur
  • 25ml Frangelico liqueur
  • Ice cubes


COMBINE the ingredients with a few cubes of ice in a cocktail shaker or a glass jar sealed with a lid.

SHAKE vigorously for 10 seconds.

STRAIN into martini glasses and serve.

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