June 19 is National Martini Day. If you ever needed an excuse to make a martini after work - here you go! Why not try some of these great martini ideas?

It's another one of those 'official' unofficial national holidays (like national grilled cheese day, or national fried chicken day), except this one is perfect for participation! Celebrate tonight with a martini to help you relax and kick off the weekend.

Peach Martini

Nothing says summer quite like peaches - and a martini of course. You'll need:

-2 ounces vanilla vodka                          -1 ounce peach schnapps

-2 ounces peach nectar                         -1/2 ounce fresh lime juice

-ice cubes                                              -peach slice (for garnish)

According to Guy Fieri (from the Food Network's website),

In a cocktail shaker mix all the ingredients along with the ice. Shake well and pour into a chilled martini glass.

Garnish with a peach slice.

You can also watch Guy Fieri's video on making this delicious drink (plus learn a little bit about him and his family):

 

Chocolate Martini

Now this is perfect - the best of both worlds - chocolate and alcohol. And martinis are perfect for summer - a nice cooling drink. You'll need:

-1 1/2 ounces chocolate liquer                                   -1 1/2 ounces creme de cacao

- 1/2 ounce vodka                                                       -2 1/2 ounces of half-and-half

-1 cup ice

This recipe is from Allrecipes.com. They say to:

Combine chocolate liqueur, creme de cacao, vodka, half-and-half, and ice in a cocktail shaker. Cover and shake until chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

And there you go! Pretty simple, right?!

 Lemon Drop Martini

Lemon-Drop martinis are a classic! The citrus is perfect for that 'summerly' feel, and again - martinis are the perfect summer drink after a long day at work! You'll need:

-1 1/2 ounces vodka                                                      -1/2 ounce orange liqueur

-1 teaspoon of superfine sugar                                     -3/4 ounce of lemon juice

-ice cubes                                                                     -a twisted peel of a lemon

What's Cooking America gives you this martini recipe. Here's how you do it:

Mix the vodka, orange liqueur, sugar, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice; shake well (supposedly the cocktail is to be shaken 40 times to make sure the sugar is well blended).

Pour strained liquor into sugar-rimmed martini cocktail glass and garnish with a twisted peel of lemon. To create a sugar-rimmed glass, take a lemon wedge and rub the drinking surface of the glass so it is barely moist. Dip the edge of the glass into the superfine sugar.

Enjoy!

Three easy martini recipes to help you celebrate National Martini Day... or, well - just to keep for an occasion a martini calls for!

 

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