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Top row: Pink Lemonade Martini, Gin Martini, Electric Blue Martini, Grape Pucker Martini. Bottom row: Pineapple Martini, Cosmopolitan, Mango Martini. (Photo by Anne-Marie Caruso)
Posted: Monday March 31, 2014, 2:46 PM
By Ryan Greene - (201) Magazine

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. So sip something satisfying with these simple 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.

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

Gin Martini
2½ ounces gin
½ ounce dry vermouth
Olive (or a cocktail onion or twist of lemon) for garnish

Electric Blue Martini
2½ ounces vodka
1 ounce blue Curacao
1 ounce sweet and sour mix
Blue sugar for rim

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

Pineapple Martini
1 ounce Cruzan pineapple rum
1 ounce vodka
2 ounces pineapple juice
Yellow sugar for rim

2 ounces vodka
½ ounce triple sec or Cointreau
¾ ounce cranberry juice
½ ounce fresh lime juice
Cherry for garnish

Mango Martini
2 ounces vodka or Cruzan mango rum
2 ounces mango juice
¼ ounce fresh lime juice
Lemon wedge for garnish

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