Daisy Cutter 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 16, 2024


The Daisy Cutter Martini is a modern twist on the classic martini, incorporating herbal and floral notes that make it stand out. It's a favorite among those who appreciate a cocktail that's both refreshing and complex.

  • Origins: While the exact origins are unclear, it's a cocktail that has gained popularity in craft cocktail bars.
  • Popularity: It's particularly popular in the spring and summer months.
  • Audience: This martini is perfect for those who enjoy herbal cocktails with a floral edge.

How Daisy Cutter Martini Tastes?

The Daisy Cutter Martini has a delightful balance of herbal and sweet notes, with a hint of citrus and a complex botanical backdrop. It's refreshing, slightly sweet, and has a smooth finish.

Interesting facts about Daisy Cutter Martini

  • The Daisy Cutter Martini is named after the 'daisy cutter' bomb due to its strong impact and explosive flavors.
  • Mint leaves not only add flavor but also a vibrant green pop of color.
  • Elderflower liqueur gives the cocktail a subtle floral sweetness that's hard to replicate with any other ingredient.


A few good options for Daisy Cutter Martini are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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Fresh Mint Leaves

Adding just 3 leaves provides a wonderful aromatic profile without overpowering the drink. Too many, and it could feel like you're sipping a garden; too few, and you might miss the subtlety. No mint? Try basil for a more peppery twist!

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Ketel One Vodka

A 1/2 oz hit of this provides a clean canvass without turning the cocktail into a heavy hitter. Vodka too plain-Jane? Sub in gin for a botanical punch!

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Strucchi Dry Vermouth

Vermouth adds a 1 oz dose of complexity with its herbal and slightly bitter undertones. Skip it, and you'll drop a layer of depth. Switch it up with another dry vermouth if Strucchi isn't on hand.

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Elderflower Liqueur

1 1/2 oz is a sweet spot for balancing floral sweetness and potency. Too much might make you feel like you're drinking perfume; too little, and the bouquet wouldn't bloom. Swap with St. Germain for another elderflower option.

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Yellow Chartreuse

At 1/4 oz, it brings a hint of honeyed, herbal warmth. More could hijack the drink with its bold flavor. If you're out, try green Chartreuse for a sharper, more pungent note.

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Recipe. How to make Daisy Cutter Martini Drink

  1. Place the mint leaves in the shaker.
  2. Add the vodka, dry vermouth, elderflower liqueur, and yellow chartreuse.
  3. Fill the shaker with ice.
  4. Shake vigorously until well-chilled.
  5. Fine strain into a chilled martini glass.
  6. Garnish with a mint leaf or a lemon twist.

Pro Tips

  • Always use fresh mint for the best flavor.
  • Chill the martini glass beforehand to keep the drink colder for longer.
  • When shaking, do so until the shaker feels ice-cold to ensure the drink is properly chilled.

Perfect Pairings


  • Cheese Boards: The herbal notes from the mint and elderflower liqueur complement softer cheeses like brie or camembert.
  • Seafood: A crisp pairing with light seafood dishes, especially those featuring herbs or a citrus zest to echo the cocktail’s bright notes.


  • Poultry: Serve with herbed chicken or turkey dishes that can stand up to the strong flavors without overpowering them.
  • Pasta: Creamy pasta sauces can be cut through by the cocktail's sharp herbal and floral notes.


  • Fruit Tarts: The sweetness of a fruit tart will harmonize with the elderflower's floral character.
  • Lemon Sorbet: The freshness of lemon sorbet will enhance the cocktail's zestiness and mint freshness.

Other Drinks

  • Sparkling Water: For a non-alcoholic pairing, a simple sparkling water with a twist of lime can cleanse the palate between sips.

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What you could change in Daisy Cutter Martini

  • Vodka: Any premium vodka can be used in place of Ketel One.
  • Dry Vermouth: If Strucchi is not available, another dry vermouth like Martini or Noilly Prat can be substituted.
  • Elderflower Liqueur: St-Germain is a popular alternative.
  • Yellow Chartreuse: Génépy liqueur can be used as a substitute, though it will alter the flavor slightly.

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And of course - twists🍹

Cucumber Cooler Martini

  • Substitute mint with cucumber slices
  • Add a splash of soda water
  • Taste: The drink will become more refreshing, lighter, and more suited for a hot summer day. Perfect for those looking for a cool down rather than a warm up.

Spicy Daisy Martini

  • Muddle a slice of jalapeño with the mint
  • Use pepper-infused vodka instead of regular
  • Taste: Expect a spicy kick that warms you up. This version is not for the faint-hearted but it is definitely for those who want to add some fire to their night.

Citrus Blossom Martini

  • Add a dash of orange bitters
  • Garnish with an orange twist
  • Taste: The citrus will bring a brighter, more fragrant edge to the cocktail, and pairs well with the elderflower. A zesty option for those who want to add a tangy twist to their sipping experience.

In case you forgot basics how to make Daisy Cutter Martini

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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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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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 Daisy Cutter Martini

What type of glass is best for serving a Daisy Cutter Martini?

Traditionally, a Daisy Cutter Martini is served in a chilled martini glass to maintain its cold temperature and to present its elegant appearance.

Can I use regular ice cubes instead of crushed ice for shaking the cocktail?

Yes, regular ice cubes are typically used when shaking cocktails as they dilute the drink less quickly than crushed ice, providing the desired chill and dilution.

How can I achieve the fine strain mentioned in the recipe?

Fine straining is done using a cocktail strainer along with a fine mesh strainer to remove small ice shards and any bits of mint, resulting in a smoother cocktail.

What is the role of Yellow Chartreuse in the Daisy Cutter Martini?

Yellow Chartreuse adds a unique, complex herbal flavor to the cocktail with its blend of 130 plants and flowers. It complements the herbal and citrus notes of the cocktail.

Is shaking the only method to mix a Daisy Cutter Martini?

While shaking is recommended for the Daisy Cutter Martini due to its mix of clear and citrus ingredients, some bartenders may opt to stir the cocktail to achieve a different texture.

How long should I shake the cocktail for optimal chill and dilution?

Generally, shaking a cocktail for about 10-15 seconds is sufficient for achieving proper chill and dilution, including for a Daisy Cutter Martini.

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