Bars and Nightlife

Artinis: Classic and colorful cocktails

By Ryan Greene, (201) Magazine    
Master the martini with these creative and colorful "artinis".
Anne-Marie Caruso/staff photographer
Master the martini with these creative and colorful "artinis".

Whether you're painting a portrait, writing the next great American novel or throwing a fabulous cocktail party, letting your creative side loose is thirsty work. Sip something inspiring and satisfying with these simple "artini" concoctions. All you need is your favorite vodka or gin (or a clear rum – Cruzan, if you can find it), fruit juice, schnapps, liqueur or vermouth, and a cocktail shaker. Colored sugar and a fruity garnish add another splash of fun.

Construct each martini in the same way: Chill a martini glass. Combine the liquid ingredients in a pint glass or cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Strain liquor into the martini glass, rimmed with sugar where appropriate. Garnish as directed.

1. Pink Lemonade Martini

1 ounce vodka (lemon-flavored works well)

1 ounce Limoncello

1½ ounces cranberry juice

1 ounce lemonade

½ ounce lime cordial

Pink sugar for rim


2. Gin Martini

2½ ounces gin

½ ounce dry vermouth

Olive (or a cocktail onion or twist of lemon) for garnish


3. Electric Blue Martini

2½ ounces vodka

1 ounce blue Curacao

1 ounce sweet and sour mix

Blue sugar for rim


4. Grape Pucker Martini

1½ ounces vodka

2 ounces Dekuyper Pucker Grape Schnapps

½ ounce triple sec or cointreau

Red grape for garnish

Purple sugar for rim


5. Mango Martini

2 ounces vodka or Cruzan mango rum

2 ounces mango juice

¼ ounce fresh lime juice

Lemon wedge for garnish


6. Cosmopolitan

2 ounces vodka

½ ounce triple sec or Cointreau

¾ ounce cranberry juice

½ ounce fresh lime juice

Cherry for garnish


7. Pineapple Martini

1 ounce Cruzan pineapple rum

1 ounce vodka

2 ounces pineapple juice

Yellow sugar for rim



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