Try out jazzed-up versions of this classic cocktail.

By Kimberly Turnbull
February 16, 2007
Colleen Duffley

The iconic martini features a conical, stemmed glass cradling large green olives submerged in a chilly bath of gin and vermouth. Preferred by purists, the classic gin martini remains a cocktail staple, but many of today's martini-style drinks begin with vodka rather than gin.

With the dozens of flavored vodkas on the market come a multitude of creative drink combinations. We offer a few of our favorites―perfect for either a poolside party or an elegant event.

The aquamarine color of this cocktail comes from the Hpnotiq liqueur―a blend of vodka, tropical fruit juice, and a splash of cognac. Hpnotiq can be enjoyed on the rocks or with vodka for an electrifying martini. Read about the creators of this recipe.

Crushed ice
3 ounces (1/3 cup) vodka
1 ounce (2 tablespoons) Hpnotiq liqueur
Lemon, lime, and orange slices to garnish

Fill shaker with crushed ice. Add liquors. Shake vigorously, and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with sliced citrus. Makes 1 serving.

BT's Ringmaster Lime Martini*
The fragrant leaves and juice of southeastern Asia's kaffir lime give this infused vodka an exotic, refreshing taste. When combined with the lemon-grass syrup, this cocktail becomes intensely aromatic and soothing.
* Chef BT Nguyen-Batley of Restaurant BT in Tampa created this unusual cocktail.

Key Lime Pie Martini
Straight from the Florida Keys, this cocktail combines the sweet, creamy decadence of a key lime pie with vodka and fresh lime juice. This dessert-in-a-glass should garner the approval of every Floridian.

Sour Apple Martini
Making other drinks green with envy, apple martinis have become a favorite cocktail at happy hours everywhere. With its slightly sour flavor, this recipe makes your mouth pucker as you anticipate the next sip.

"Classic" Dry Martini
Yes, we know purists prefer gin, but try this version of the landmark cocktail. With vodka, dry vermouth, a lemon twist, and a stir, this take on the timeless drink proves that sometimes even classics can be enhanced.

For a primer on Bond's preferred beverage, check out Mastering the Martini .