|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 17g||6%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0%|
|Total Sugars 16g|
|Vitamin C 5mg||23%|
|*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.|
This flavored martini is one of the easiest ways to enjoy a sweet vanilla flavor in a neat drink. The vanilla martini gets its flavoring from a vanilla liqueur, which is not the most common on liquor store shelves.
Originally, this martini from Belvedere Vodka featured Navan, a naturally flavored vanilla liqueur that was utterly delicious. It has since been discontinued, much to the dismay of its many loyal fans, so a substitute is required. Tuaca, Bols Vanilla, and Galliano are all viable vanilla liqueurs and each will make a great vanilla martini. You might also try Brinley Gold Shipwreck Vanilla Rum, which has a flavor that is surprisingly reminiscent of what Navan offered.
When you find a great vanilla spirit and pair it with a smooth vodka such as Belvedere, a wonderful cocktail is born. The lime juice is included to offset the sweetness and add a welcomed splash of citrus flavor.
1 1/2 ounces premium vodka
1 1/2 ounces vanilla liqueur
1 splash freshly squeezed lime juice
Gather the ingredients.
Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Serve and enjoy.
- Since there are only three ingredients in this martini, it's imperative that you use a top-shelf vodka. If you're going to use a substitute for Belvedere, make sure it's of equal quality.
- For the lime juice, simply cut a lime wedge and squeeze it into the shaker. You want just a splash of juice as too much will throw the drink out of balance.
Homemade Vanilla Liqueur
It's pretty easy to make a vanilla liqueur, even if it's your first attempt at any homemade liqueur. Essentially, you'll use a vanilla syrup to sweeten the liquor of your choice. It's a relatively quick process and can be adapted to suit your taste.
To make the liqueur, begin by making vanilla syrup. Dissolve 2 cups of sugar into 1 cup of boiling water. Add a whole vanilla bean (split lengthwise) and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let it steep for about 8 hours before removing the bean. Alternatively, you can add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract to the syrup, eliminating the long steeping time.
With the syrup ready, choose your liquor; brandy and vodka are great choices. For a full 750ml bottle of liquor, begin by adding 1/4 cup of vanilla syrup and mix it. Taste the liqueur and add more syrup (a little at a time) until it reaches your desired flavor. Bottle and store just like any other liqueur.
How Strong Is a Vanilla Martini?
The average vanilla liqueur is bottled around 60 proof, so that's a good strength to use when estimating the drink's alcohol content. When mixed with an 80-proof vodka, the martini should fall into the 29 percent ABV (58 proof) range. That's perfectly normal for liquor-only martinis. Just because they're sweet and pretty, doesn't mean they're light drinks.