08_ClassicMartini_030_FINAL_HIRESSo, June 19 is actually National Martini Day, which for fans of cocktails, is practically Christmas, since martinis are simply the definitive idea of the cocktail. (Think of an adult beverage … it’s in a martini glass, isn’t it?)

Grey Goose developed a pair of recipes for us this week, one for “beginners” (the classic martini) and one for experts (hint: “absinthe rinse”).

The Original

2 oz. Grey Goose

1/2 oz. dry vermouth

Orange bitters

Olives or twist.

Making it: Fill a mixing vessel with ice; add vermouth and stir around the coat glass; strain out vermouth. Add vodka and 1 dash of bitters (optional). Stir (you’re not James Bond, kiddo). Strain into a chilled martini glass and add, per taste, skewer of olives of a lemon twist.

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2-1/2 oz. Grey Goose VX


Honey water

Garnish (your choice).

Making it: Rinse glass in a swirl of absinthe. Still VX over ice and strain into martini glass. Spray in honey water. Garnish with frozen grapes, a peach slice, a twist … or nothing at all.