A refreshing Hiram Walker Watermelon Martini – a modern Martini perfect for summer
Happy National Martini Day everybody! The Martini, traditionally served with just Gin and Vermouth in its earliest days, has transformed into a drink with an endless variety of flavors and spirits. Adding ‘tini’ to the end of flavors and drink names has become a common occurrence, Pometinis, Appletinis, Mangotinis, the list goes on and on. Today is a day to recognize and celebrate (and drink!) the Martini any way your heart desires! I’ve included below a classic Gin Martini for those who appreciate the traditional way to enjoy the cocktail, as well as a fruity flavored Martini, and a Chocolaty Martini recipe for those looking to try something more modern!
The Plymouth Original:
- 2 Parts Plymouth Gin
- Splash of Dry Vermouth
- 2 Drops of Orange Bitters
In a mixing glass filled with ice, pour the dry Vermouth and stir, making sure that the ice is coated. Strain off the excess Vermouth and add Plymouth Gin and the Orange Bitters. Stir until extremely chilled and strain into glass.
- 1 1/2 parts ABSOLUT® Vodka
- 1 part Hiram Walker® Watermelon Schnapps
- 2 parts Cranberry Juice
- 1 splash Pineapple Juice
Shake with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass.
- ¾ part Hiram Walker® Crème de Cacao White
- ¾ part ABSOLUT® Vodka
- Splash of Coffee
Shake, strain into a chilled martini glass.
No matter how you choose to drink your Martinis I hope you all enjoy! Have a great National Martini Day, and if you can’t get enough of Martinis, and really want to go all out this holiday, check out more recipes HERE!
Beauties, ain’t they? We had so much fun with the variety of martinis that we were able to mix here in the office using our new bottle of Hiram Walker’s Caramel Apple Liqueur. And these two packed quite the punch – one sweet, the other more acidic; as such, my coworkers and I seemed to be split down the middle favoring one of these drinks over the other.
The first drink I’ll mention was the Caramel Apple Cosmo. This cocktail takes its formula from the classic recipe, but the Caramel Apple Liqueur supplants the role of the Triple Sec. Here’s the recipe:
Caramel Apple Cosmo:
- 1 1/2 parts ABSOLUT Citron
- 3/4 part Hiram Walker Caramel Apple Liqueur
- 1 part Cranberry Juice
- 1/2 part Fresh Lime Juice
Build ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an apple slice.
I found this ratio to be the more pleasing of the two we tried, as it had a surprising citrus bite you wouldn’t expect from the sweet smell of caramel wafted from the glass. However, for those in our office who prefer their drinks on the ‘sweeter’ side, they enjoyed the Dale DeGroff formula I used a bit more that saw the amount of lime juice decrease to just 1/4 part. It also let the Hiram Walker liqueur shine through a bit more.
The second cocktail we mixed to be served up in a martini glass was the Hiram Walker recipe for the Pom-Apple Cooler. I think this cocktail has such a beautiful color, as achieved from the following recipe:
- 1 part Hiram Walker Caramel Apple Liqueur
- 1 part ABSOLUT Vodka
- 2 parts POMWonderful® Pomegranate Juice
The sweet drink fans in our office pleasantly fell in love with this cocktail. One coworker described it as having the flavor – without the texture or stickiness – of maple syrup. I, too, enjoyed the drink but would be far more inclined to enjoy this Pom-Apple Cooler as a round of shots, rather than an entire mixed drink.
So there you have it – two great new uses for that Caramel Apple fixin’! I hope you enjoy.