Ginger Martini

Ginger Martini cocktail

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
261 Calories
0g Fat
18g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 261
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 6mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 2mg 11%
Calcium 7mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 178mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The ginger martini is a simple cocktail that features the spicy flavor of a ginger liqueur, such as Domaine de Canton. This liqueur is made with Asian baby ginger, French cognac, Provencal honey, Tahitian vanilla, and orange blossom. Domaine de Canton was previously made in China but has been produced in France since 2007. The Domaine de Canton gives the ginger martini a snappy profile and makes the drink an easy and flavorful upgrade from the popular vodka martini.

Our measurements for the drink do feature a lot of ginger flavor, but if after you've mixed and tried it, you feel that this recipe uses too much ginger for your taste, cut the liqueur down to a single ounce and adjust the vodka to two ounces. You could garnish this cocktail with a thin slice of fresh or candied ginger, but it might be too much ginger flavor for some, despite the pretty look. A quick twist of lemon essence expressed over the drink is a better complement.

Although Domaine de Canton is well known amongst bartenders, not everyone has had the chance to try a sip of this fantastic liquor. Poured over ice, a glass of Domaine is an excellent digestif. If you can't find Domaine de Canton, other ginger liquors like the King's Ginger is a good substitution, similar in quality and price. The main difference is that the Domaine has a stronger flavor of raw ginger root, whereas the King's is sweeter, while maintaining a great ginger profile.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka

  • 1 1/2 ounces ginger liqueur

  • Squeeze of lemon

  • lemon twist, garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ginger Martini ingredients

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  2. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

    giner martini ingredients in a cocktail shaker

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  3. Shake well.

    shaker cocktail shaker

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  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

    Ginger Martini strained into a glass

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  5. Garnish with a lemon twist.

    Ginger Martini garnished with a lemon twist

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What's the Difference Between Liqueur and Liquour?

Similar in sound, these two items are quite dissimilar. Because of how they're pronounced and written, many confuse one with the other or use the terms interchangeably. But there are fundamental differences between the two products:

Liquor, or spirits, are alcoholic beverages made from the distillation of grains. So tequila, rum, or vodka are common liquors. In general, they have an average alcohol content of 40 percent, although they can go as low as 20 percent, and are not essentially sweet, even if sugar is used in the distillation process.

Liqueur, on the other hand, is sweet in essence. The term describes spirits that have been sweetened and infused with other flavors. So fruits like lemon, peaches, oranges, and apples are used to flavor liqueurs. Spices like cinnamon, anise, vanilla, or ginger are used to inject flavor into these sweet spirits. Cream, herbs, coffee, and chocolate are also common ingredients. The alcohol content is lower than in liquors, with an average of 15 to 20 percent, but can go as high as 50 percent.

How Strong Is the Ginger Martini?

This ginger martini recipe is made almost entirely of alcohol, so it is only reasonable that it is not a light drink. If made with an 80-proof vodka and Domaine de Canton, the cocktail has an alcoholic content of 26 percent ABV (52 proof). That is normal for a boozy martini, but not as light as other mixed drinks can be.