Gin Ginger 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 Gin Ginger Martini is a modern twist on the classic Martini, which has been a staple in the cocktail world since the late 19th century. The addition of ginger liqueur gives this cocktail a contemporary edge and a spicy kick that appeals to those who enjoy a fusion of traditional and modern flavors.

  • The classic Martini has evolved over time, with variations including the addition of different spirits and flavors.
  • The Gin Ginger Martini is a favorite among patrons who appreciate a bold, yet refreshing cocktail.
  • Its popularity has grown in cocktail bars that specialize in craft drinks and unique flavor combinations.

How Gin Ginger Martini Tastes?

The Gin Ginger Martini offers a sharp, spicy ginger flavor that is balanced by the botanical notes of the gin. It's a cocktail with a zesty kick, a touch of sweetness, and a smooth finish.

Interesting facts about Gin Ginger Martini

  • The Martini is often associated with sophistication and has been popularized in part by the James Bond franchise.
  • Ginger has been used in traditional medicine for centuries, and its inclusion in cocktails adds both flavor and a nod to its healthful properties.
  • Cucumber garnish not only adds a visual appeal but also a subtle freshness that complements the ginger's heat.


A few good options for Gin Ginger Martini are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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Gin is the spirit backbone of any martini, and at 1 1/2 ounces, it's half of the soul of this cocktail. This clear liquor is infused with botanicals, providing a complex, herbal baseline that complements the sharp, spicy notes of ginger liqueur. Too little gin, and you've lost the martini identity, drowning in ginger; too much, and you'll overpower the delicate dance of flavors.

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Ginger Liqueur

Ginger liqueur adds the unique warm, spicy kick to our cocktail which elegantly complements the botanicals from the gin. The 1 1/2 ounces ensure that the ginger doesn't dominate, but definitely shares the spotlight. Skipping on the liqueur would leave you with a lonely gin martini, while too much could mean an overwhelming spice bomb.

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Cucumber Slice

A garnish might seem minor, but it plays a vital aromatic role. The fresh, clean scent of cucumber enhances the crisp, refreshing nature of the drink. Without it, you lose a layer of complexity that the nose usually anticipates before the palate dives in.

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Recipe. How to make Gin Ginger Martini Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Pour the gin and ginger liqueur over the ice.
  3. Shake well until the outside of the shaker feels cold.
  4. Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass.
  5. Garnish with a cucumber slice on the rim of the glass.

Pro Tips

  • For an extra touch of ginger, rim the glass with finely grated fresh ginger before pouring the drink.
  • Use high-quality gin as it is the base spirit and will significantly affect the taste of your cocktail.
  • Chill your cocktail glass in the freezer for at least 30 minutes before serving to keep your drink colder longer.

Perfect Pairings


  • Sushi: The refreshing zing of ginger makes it a wonderful companion to fresh, delicate flavors of sushi.
  • Spring Rolls: The crisp vegetal notes of the cucumber garnish complement the fresh herbs commonly found in spring rolls.


  • Aged Cheddar: Gin’s botanicals and the sharpness of cheddar can dance together very well.
  • Goat Cheese: Ginger's spice and gin's botanicals pair nicely with the tangy profile of goat cheese.


  • Lemon Tart: A classic lemon tart pairs beautifully with the cocktail’s zesty ginger profile.
  • Dark Chocolate: The subtle bitterness of dark chocolate will contrast nicely with the gentle heat of the ginger.

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What you could change in Gin Ginger Martini

  • If you don't have ginger liqueur, you can substitute with a ginger syrup mixed with a bit of vodka to maintain the alcohol content.
  • For a non-alcoholic version, use a non-alcoholic gin and ginger ale instead of ginger liqueur.

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Cucumber Ginger Martini

Replace the ginger liqueur with muddled fresh ginger and add a few slices of cucumber to the shaker before the gin. This will give a more fresh, garden-like quality to your martini. Muddle the cucumber and ginger well to release their juices and essential oils. The overall taste will be brighter with more vegetal notes.

Spicy Gin Ginger Martini

Add a thin slice of jalapeño or a pinch of cayenne pepper to the shaker with the gin and ginger liqueur. This adds a fiery kick that'll enhance the ginger's heat without overpowering the cocktail. Great for those who like a little extra spice in their sips.

Ginger-Lemon Martini

Include the zest of a lemon to the shaker and a splash of lemon juice. The citrus will introduce a tart, fruity counterpoint to the warm, spicy ginger, making for a more complex and layered drink. It’s like adding a lively twist to a classic tune, making you rethink the melody.

In case you forgot basics how to make Gin Ginger 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 Gin Ginger Martini

Can I make a Gin Ginger Martini in a large batch for a party?

Yes, you can scale up the Gin Ginger Martini recipe for a party. Simply multiply the ingredients by the number of drinks you need and mix in a large pitcher. Chill the mixture in the refrigerator and stir well before serving in chilled glasses with cucumber garnish.

What type of gin is best for a Gin Ginger Martini?

A London dry gin is typically recommended for martinis due to its clean, juniper-forward profile. However, feel free to experiment with different types of gin to find the one that best suits your taste.

Can I use pickled ginger as a garnish instead of a cucumber?

While cucumbers are the traditional garnish for a Gin Ginger Martini, pickled ginger could provide an interesting twist with its sweet and vinegary taste. Adjust according to your personal preference.

Is the Gin Ginger Martini suitable for vegans?

Generally, the Gin Ginger Martini is considered vegan as it doesn't contain any animal products. However, vegans should confirm that the specific brands of gin and ginger liqueur used do not use any animal-derived ingredients or processing methods.

How can I add more spice to my Gin Ginger Martini?

For more spice, you can muddle fresh ginger in the shaker before adding the other ingredients, or infuse your gin with fresh ginger for several days before preparing the cocktail.

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