Burnt Martini Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Burnt Martini is a smoky twist on the classic martini, which dates back to the early 20th century. It is said to have been created by bartenders who wanted to add a unique flavor profile to the traditional martini by using a burnt orange peel garnish. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy a smoky, sophisticated drink with a hint of citrus.

How Burnt Martini Tastes?

The Burnt Martini has a bold, smoky flavor with a subtle hint of citrus. It is a strong, dry cocktail with a smooth, velvety texture and a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Interesting facts about Burnt Martini

  • The Burnt Martini is a variation of the classic martini, which is one of the most iconic cocktails in history.
  • The burnt orange peel garnish adds a smoky, citrusy aroma and flavor to the drink.
  • This cocktail is often enjoyed by those who appreciate a more complex, sophisticated flavor profile.


A few good options for Burnt Martini are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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Gin: 2 oz

Gin offers a herbal base, often with notes of juniper, which is the soul of this cocktail. With 2 oz you achieve a strong yet balanced alcoholic backbone. Less gin makes a weaker drink; more can overpower the vermouth and bitters.

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Dry Vermouth: 0.5 oz

Dry Vermouth cuts through the gin with a hint of herbal notes and a subtle wine-like character. 0.5 oz keeps it dry but not overpowering. Without it, you'd miss the soft complexity it brings. More could make the cocktail too wine-y and less botanical.

Mary Mitkina

Orange Bitters: 2 dashes

Bitters act as the spice rack, adding depth. The orange bitters lend a citrus note for complexity. Two dashes are perfect for a hint of flavor without turning the drink bitter. Skip these, and you lose some zest...

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Burnt Orange Peel: 1

The burnt orange peel is the pièce de résistance, adding a smoky, citrus aroma that perfectly complements the botanicals in the gin and vermouth. It's a showstopper that also tastes sublime. A fresh peel lacks the charred character, drastically altering the cocktail's final note.

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Recipe. How to make Burnt Martini Drink

  1. Chill a martini glass by filling it with ice and water, then set it aside.
  2. In a mixing glass, combine the gin, dry vermouth, and orange bitters.
  3. Fill the mixing glass with ice and stir the ingredients until well-chilled.
  4. Discard the ice and water from the martini glass.
  5. Strain the cocktail into the chilled martini glass.
  6. Hold a piece of orange peel over the glass and use a lighter or match to carefully ignite the oils from the peel, creating a burnt orange aroma and flavor.
  7. Garnish the cocktail with the burnt orange peel.

Pro Tips

  • Chilling the Glass: This is an important step as it helps to keep the cocktail cold for a longer period of time.
  • Burning the Orange Peel: Be careful while doing this step. The oils from the orange peel should just lightly touch the flame. Do not let the peel catch fire.
  • Stirring the Cocktail: Stir the cocktail gently. Do not shake it as it can dilute the cocktail.

Perfect Pairings


  • Especially oysters or shellfish, as their briny flavors contrast nicely with the botanicals in the gin.

Cheese Plates

  • A platter of mild cheeses (such as goat cheese or brie) could be a good pairing, allowing the cocktail to shine without overwhelming the senses.

Savory Appetizers

  • Blinis with smoked salmon, or small canapés made with fine cucumber and cream cheese complement the aromatic complexity of the Burnt Martini.

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What you could change in Burnt Martini

  • Gin: You can substitute gin with vodka for a different flavor profile.
  • Dry Vermouth: If you don't have dry vermouth, you can use sweet vermouth but it will make the cocktail sweeter.
  • Orange Bitters: If you don't have orange bitters, you can use Angostura bitters but it will change the flavor profile.
  • Burnt Orange Peel: If you don't have an orange, you can use a lemon peel but it will give a different aroma and flavor.

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And of course - twists🍹

Smoky Martini

Replace the gin with a smoky mezcal to create a profound smoky flavor. Keep the orange bitters and vermouth for balance. This will transport you from a classic London club to a vibrant fiesta in Oaxaca.

Spicy Martini

Add a couple of slices of jalapeño to the shaker before mixing. It will infuse the cocktail with a spicy kick, perfect for those who like to add a bit of heat to their sips.

Sweet Martini

Swap out the dry vermouth for a sweet vermouth and add a small dash of simple syrup. This will provide a sweeter, more dessert-like profile to the martini, catering to those with a sweet tooth.

In case you forgot basics how to make Burnt Martini

Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Burnt Martini

What is the ideal time to enjoy a Burnt Martini?

The Burnt Martini is a perfect pre-dinner drink, often enjoyed during the cocktail hour, which is typically around 5 to 7 PM. However, you can enjoy it whenever you're in the mood for a bold, sophisticated cocktail.

What are some good food pairings with this cocktail?

Cheese, especially aged ones like cheddar or gouda, make a good pairing as they complement the smoky and citrusy notes in the cocktail. Shellfish and seafood also pair well with this cocktail.

Does the type of gin I use matter?

Each type of gin has a different flavor profile and will influence the overall taste of the cocktail. However, any quality gin should work well in a Burnt Martini.

Does chilling the glass only lengthen the coldness?

While the main purpose of chilling the glass is to keep the cocktail cold for a longer period, it also helps to ensure the ingredients blend together more smoothly.

Is there any special occasion on which Burnt Martini is served?

The Burnt Martini, with its sophisticated and bold flavor profile, is a great cocktail for any special event but it doesn't require an occasion to be enjoyed.

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