Making a Martini the Monterey Way

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martini.jpgThere is a sense of style embodied by the angular martini glass that evokes images of chic girls with sassy thoughts, cigar-soaked 50's nostalgia, and  intimate evenings of slightly boozy conversation. Martini's are high-octane, a bit pricey, and exemplify an evening of sophisticated fun.If you are looking for a twist on the old favorite, below are recipes from three of Monterey's nifty hang-outs. Enjoy them at the source, or try your hand at home.


Carmel Cooler

The Carmel Cooler is a local favorite, developed by Rio Grill bartender Eddie Banaszek.

Rio Grill
101 Crossroads Blvd.
Carmel, CA
(831) 625.5436

  • 1-1/2 oz. Belvedere vodka
  •  1/2 oz. pineapple juice
  • Splash of Rose's Lime Juice
  • Splash of soda
  • Splash of 7-Up

Fill a chimney glass with ice. Combine vodka and pineapple juice in a shaker and mix gently. Pour into the glass and top with splash of Rose's Lime Juice, 7 UP and soda. Garnish with orange and cherry butterfly.


Washington Red Apple

Created by Nenito Fajilan, bartender at Pacific's Edge Restaurant at Highlands Inn in Carmel.

Highlands Inn, Carmel
Carmel, CA 93923
(831) 622-5445

  • 1-1/2 oz. Crown Royal
  • 1-1/2 oz. Apple Pucker
  • 1 oz. cranberry juice
  • Powdered apple cider mix

    Garnish the rim of a martini glass with powdered apple cider mix. Pour Crown Royal, Apple Pucker and cranberry juice into a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into glass.

French Martini

Created by Nenito Fajilan, bartender at Pacific's Edge Restaurant at Highlands Inn in Carmel. Nenito doesn't drink himself, but has a way with flavors that wins raves from his regulars.

The French twist comes from champagne and Chambord, an intensely flavored raspberry liqueur.

  • 1-1/2 oz. Grey Goose vodka
  • 1/2 oz. Chambord liqueur
  • 1 oz. Champagne or sparkling wine
  • 1 oz pineapple juice

    Combine vodka, Chambord and pineapple juice in a martini shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a martini glass and add the wine. Garnish with raspberries.

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