Serve up some of Houston’s best martinis at home with these recipes from Houston’s own bartenders. John Caravello of Zimm’s Bar and Melissa Collins of Liberty Kitchen and Oyster Bar have graciously provided some of their favorite martini recipes for both classic and unusual drinks.
John Caravello
Zimm’s Bar
4321 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77006
(713) 521-2002
www.zimmsbar.com

John Caravello of Zimm’s Bar has been working in the restaurant industry for 19 years. While Zimm’s Bar is best known for its vast selection of whiskies, it still is renowned as one of the places to go for the best martinis in town. You can get both classic standards or modern twists on those drinks.

Martini

  • 3 oz Plymouth Gin
  • 1 oz Dolin Dry Vermouth
  • Olive for garnish

Directions:

  1. Stir with ice and strain into a chilled cup.
  2. Garnish with one olive. 
Vesper

  • 2.25 oz Plymouth Gin
  • .75 Belvedere Vodka
  • .5 Lillet Banc
  • Lemon twist for garnish

Directions:

  1. Stir all ingredients together with ice and strain into a chilled cup.
  2. Garnish with a lemon twist.
Lemon Drop Martini

  • 1.5 oz Tito’s vodka
  • .5 oz simple syrup
  • 1 tsp superfine sugar
  • 3/4 oz lemon juice
  • Lemon twist for garnish

Directions:

  1. Shake everything well and strain into a sugar-rimmed cup.
  2. Garnish with a lemon twist. 

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Melissa Collins
Liberty Kitchen & Oyster Bar
1050 Studewood St.
Houston, Texas 77008
(713) 802-0533
www.libertykitchenoysterbar.com

The Liberty Kitchen and Oyster Bar features a cozy, intimate atmosphere where guests can feel right at home as they enjoy oyster treats, cocktails and other food. Melissa Collins manages the bar at Liberty Kitchen and offers two unusual takes on the traditional martini.

Hazelnut Coffee Martini

  • 3 oz Vodka
  • 1 1/4 oz Frangelico
  • 2 oz Fresh Coffee
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Cream
  • Coffee beans and ground nutmeg for garnish

Directions:

  1. Shake over ice and strain into a martini glass.
  2. Garnish with coffee beans and ground nutmeg. 
Melon-Berry Martini

  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • 1 oz Chambord
  • 3 1-inch cubes cantaloupe, muddled
  • 2 cubes of cantaloupe and 1 raspberry for garnish

Directions:

  1. Shake bourbon, Chambord and three cubes of cantaloupe together over ice and strain into a martini glass.
  2. Garnish with 2 cubes of cantelope and 1 raspberry.

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Crystal Hessong ia a freelance writer and a lifelong, fourth generation Houstonian. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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