Sweet Martini Cocktail Drink

Sweet Martini

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Are you looking for a delightful cocktail? This Sweet Martini recipe hits the spot! It’s full of flavor, and you can easily find the ingredients, making it easy to create.

Sweet Martini Recipe

This easy, sweet martini recipe perfectly matches a crisp fall evening! You make it with gin, sweet vermouth, and a maraschino cherry.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

163 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Gin
  • ½ oz sweet Vermouth
  • Maraschino cherry, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Martini Glass
  • Stirring Glass
  • Bar spoon or long stirrer
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your Martini glass with ice. Set it aside.
  • Add Vermouth: Measure and pour ½ oz sweet Vermouth into the mixing glass.
  • Add Gin: Add 2 oz Gin into the mixing glass as well.
  • Add Ice and Stir: Fill the mixing glass with ice. Using a bar spoon or a long stirrer, stir well (for about 15-20 seconds). Give it a taste and stir a bit more if you feel like more dilution is necessary.
  • Strain: Take your Martini glass and discard the ice inside. Using the cocktail strainer, strain the mixture into the chilled glass.
  • Garnish: Garnish with a Maraschino cherry (either directly inside the drink or on a cocktail skewer) and serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: If you don't have Gin, vodka can be used as a substitute. It will give the drink a smoother, less botanical flavor.
  • Sweet Vermouth: Dry vermouth can be used instead of sweet vermouth if needed. However, it will make the drink less sweet. If you want, add a small splash of simple syrup or a teaspoon of sugar to balance this out.

Making a Pitcher of Sweet Martini:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of Gin and 8 oz of sweet vermouth.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the Gin and sweet vermouth with ice. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into chilled martini glasses, garnish with a maraschino cherry, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gin Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic gin substitute. There are several brands available that mimic the botanical flavor of Gin.
  • Sweet Vermouth Substitute: You can use a non-alcoholic sweet vermouth substitute or make a simple syrup infused with herbs and spices for a non-alcoholic version.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Maraschino Cherry: Some maraschino cherries are processed with artificial colors and flavors, and some may even use animal products in their production. To ensure your drink is vegan, look for organic or natural maraschino cherries free from artificial colors and flavors. Alternatively, you can garnish with a fresh cherry or omit the garnish altogether.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
163
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
2
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
4
g
1
%
Fiber
 
0.2
g
1
%
Sugar
 
3
g
3
%
Potassium
 
16
mg
0
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Vitamin A
 
2
IU
0
%
Calcium
 
4
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0.1
mg
1
%

 

Sweet Martini Cocktail Drink

Sweet Martini Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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This easy, sweet martini recipe perfectly matches a crisp fall evening! You make it with gin, sweet vermouth, and a maraschino cherry.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 163

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Gin
  • ½ oz sweet Vermouth
  • Maraschino cherry - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Martini Glass
  • Stirring Glass
  • Bar spoon or long stirrer
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your Martini glass with ice. Set it aside.
  • Add Vermouth: Measure and pour ½ oz sweet Vermouth into the mixing glass.
  • Add Gin: Add 2 oz Gin into the mixing glass as well.
  • Add Ice and Stir: Fill the mixing glass with ice. Using a bar spoon or a long stirrer, stir well (for about 15-20 seconds). Give it a taste and stir a bit more if you feel like more dilution is necessary.
  • Strain: Take your Martini glass and discard the ice inside. Using the cocktail strainer, strain the mixture into the chilled glass.
  • Garnish: Garnish with a Maraschino cherry (either directly inside the drink or on a cocktail skewer) and serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: If you don't have Gin, vodka can be used as a substitute. It will give the drink a smoother, less botanical flavor.
  • Sweet Vermouth: Dry vermouth can be used instead of sweet vermouth if needed. However, it will make the drink less sweet. If you want, add a small splash of simple syrup or a teaspoon of sugar to balance this out.

Making a Pitcher of Sweet Martini:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of Gin and 8 oz of sweet vermouth.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the Gin and sweet vermouth with ice. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into chilled martini glasses, garnish with a maraschino cherry, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gin Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic gin substitute. There are several brands available that mimic the botanical flavor of Gin.
  • Sweet Vermouth Substitute: You can use a non-alcoholic sweet vermouth substitute or make a simple syrup infused with herbs and spices for a non-alcoholic version.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Maraschino Cherry: Some maraschino cherries are processed with artificial colors and flavors, and some may even use animal products in their production. To ensure your drink is vegan, look for organic or natural maraschino cherries free from artificial colors and flavors. Alternatively, you can garnish with a fresh cherry or omit the garnish altogether.

What is a Sweet Martini?

A Sweet Martini is a gin-based cocktail made of sweet vermouth, Gin, and maraschino liqueur. This drink is relatively easy to make as it only requires mixing the ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and then straining it into a chilled martini glass. The Sweet Martini is a variant of the classic Martini, traditionally using dry vermouth instead of sweet.

A side shot of a Sweet Martini cocktail in a martini glass on a wooden board placed on a wooden table with a bar spoon and a jigger around

What is a Sweet Martini made of – The ingredients

These are the ingredients you need for a Sweet Martini:

  • Gin: The primary spirit in a Sweet Martini, it provides a strong, robust base.
  • Sweet Vermouth: This fortified wine adds sweetness and complexity to balance the Gin’s strength.
  • Cherry: Used as a garnish, it adds a visual appeal and a hint of extra flavor.

Gin and Sweet Vermouth laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Sweet Martini?

Learn how to concoct a Sweet Martini using our simple step-by-step guide:

1
<p>Start by chilling your martini glass. This can be done by filling it with ice and letting it sit while you prepare the drink. A chilled glass will keep your cocktail cooler longer, enhancing the overall experience.</p>

Start by chilling your martini glass. This can be done by filling it with ice and letting it sit while you prepare the drink. A chilled glass will keep your cocktail cooler longer, enhancing the overall experience.

2
<p>Pour half an ounce of sweet vermouth into a mixing glass. Sweet vermouth, as the name suggests, adds a sweet and herbal flavor to the cocktail, balancing out the strong taste of the Gin.</p>

Pour half an ounce of sweet vermouth into a mixing glass. Sweet vermouth, as the name suggests, adds a sweet and herbal flavor to the cocktail, balancing out the strong taste of the Gin.

3
<p>Add two ounces of Gin to the mixing glass. Gin is the primary spirit in a martini and gives the cocktail its distinctive flavor.</p>

Add two ounces of Gin to the mixing glass. Gin is the primary spirit in a martini and gives the cocktail its distinctive flavor.

4
<p>Ice up your mixing glass.</p>

Ice up your mixing glass.

5
<p>Stir the mixture gently for about 30 seconds. This will ensure that the Gin and vermouth are well combined and chilled. Stirring, rather than shaking, prevents the drink from becoming cloudy and helps maintain the smooth texture.</p>

Stir the mixture gently for about 30 seconds. This will ensure that the Gin and vermouth are well combined and chilled. Stirring, rather than shaking, prevents the drink from becoming cloudy and helps maintain the smooth texture.

6
<p>Now that the glass is chilled, discard the ice from your martini glass and strain the mixture into your chilled martini glass. A cocktail strainer prevents unwanted ice or ingredients from entering the final drink.</p>

Now that the glass is chilled, discard the ice from your martini glass and strain the mixture into your chilled martini glass. A cocktail strainer prevents unwanted ice or ingredients from entering the final drink.

7
<p>Garnish the drink with a maraschino cherry. This adds a sweetness and a pop of color to the cocktail, making it as pleasing to the eye as it is to the palate.</p>

Garnish the drink with a maraschino cherry. This adds a sweetness and a pop of color to the cocktail, making it as pleasing to the eye as it is to the palate.

History and Origin of the Sweet Martini

The Sweet Martini cocktail, a delightful blend of Gin and sweet vermouth, has a rich history that dates back to the mid-19th century. Its origin is often linked to the Martinez, a similar cocktail popular during the same period.

The first mention of a Martini recipe is found in the second edition of Harry Johnson’s Bartender Manual (1888) and similar recipes appeared in different books later on. Anyway the origin of the Sweet Martini can be traced back to 1862 in Jerry Thomas’s “How to Mix Drinks or The Bon Vivant’s Companion.” This book, considered the first real cocktail guide, included a recipe for the Martinez. It was made with Old Tom Gin, sweet vermouth, maraschino liqueur, and bitters. Many believe this drink evolved into what we now know as the Sweet Martini.

A Sweet Martini cocktail, shot from above, in a martini glass on a beige surface surrounded by Gin and sweet Vermouth

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FAQ

How many calories does a Sweet Martini contain?
A standard serving of a Sweet Martini contains approximately 160 calories. However, this can vary slightly depending on the specific brands of alcohol used.
How strong is a Sweet Martini?
The strength of a Sweet Martini can vary based on the ratio of ingredients, but typically, it has an Alcohol By Volume (ABV) of around 32% and a proof of 64. This makes it a moderately strong cocktail.
What type of alcohol is used in a Sweet Martini?
A traditional version uses Gin as its primary alcohol. However, some variations may use vodka instead. Additionally, sweet vermouth is also a key ingredient in this cocktail.
In what kind of glass is a Sweet Martini served?
A Sweet Martini is typically served in a martini glass, an iconic stemmed glass with a cone-shaped bowl.
What does a Sweet Martini taste like?
A Sweet Martini offers a balanced blend of flavors. The Gin provides herbal notes, while the sweet vermouth adds a rich sweetness. The overall taste is smooth and sophisticated, with a hint of bitterness from the vermouth.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Sweet Martini?
The classic ratio is 4:1, meaning four-part Gin to one-part sweet vermouth. Some people prefer to adjust this ratio to suit their taste preferences.
How is a Sweet Martini served with ice?
A Sweet Martini is usually stirred with ice and then strained into the serving glass. This method chills the drink without diluting it too much. It's typically served "up," meaning without ice in the glass.
Is there any specific time or occasion to enjoy a Sweet Martini?
While there's no hard and fast rule, a Sweet Martini is often enjoyed as an aperitif or pre-dinner drink. Its sophisticated flavor profile makes it an excellent choice for cocktail parties and special occasions.
Is it easy to make a Sweet Martini at home?
Making a the drink at home is quite simple as long as you have the necessary ingredients - Gin, sweet vermouth, and a cherry for garnish.
Is there any specific brand of Gin or vermouth recommended for a Sweet Martini?
While the choice of Gin and vermouth can significantly influence the taste of your Sweet Martini, there's yet to be a definitive answer to this. It largely depends on personal preference. Some prefer high-quality, artisanal brands, while others are content with more affordable options.

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