Referred to by many as the king of cocktails, the martini is one drink that has continued to evolve over the years. While the classic martini with a green olive garnish is still a favorite, today, you can find all variations of martinis that are shaken, stirred, or made with a fun twist.
In the Lake George Region and beyond in Glens Falls and the Adirondacks, many local establishments offer their own take on the mixed drink. With National Martini Day taking place on June 19, there’s no better way to celebrate than by trying one of these 10 locally-made martinis.
Order Up These 5 Awesome Martinis in Lake George
Head upstairs to the Rooftop Cabana Bar at Surfside on the Lake in Lake George Village for a wide range of handcrafted and imaginative martinis. While the bar offers everything from the traditional Dirty Martini to their special Surfsidetini, the Chocolate Martini is the one you need to try.
Pictured left, the Chocolate Martini is mixture of vodka, Cream de Cacao, and Irish cream in a chocolate-rimmed glass. This sweet dessert martini is a great choice of drink as you take in the sunshine and view of the lake. For a fruitier martini, try the Raspberry Cosmo instead, pictured right.
Located right along Canada Street in Lake George Village, Courtyard Lake George serves a handcrafted, Mexican-inspired martini right inside their comfortable Lobby Bar. Named Last Train to Oaxaca, the martini contains Sauza Tequila, Oaxaca mezcal, blueberry simple syrup, cinnamon bark simple syrup, and angostura bitters.
Although some people may be scared away by the tequila, Courtyard Lake George mixes it with the best ingredients to make every sip smooth and interesting. While the mezcal provides a smoky smell and flavor, there is enough balance in the drink so that you can sit back and take the last train to Oaxaca.
Attention all lemon lovers, King Neptune’s Pub in Lake George has created the perfect martini for you – The Local Lemondrop. Made using locally-sourced ingredients, the martini is a mixture of Lake George Distillery Vodka, Springbrook Two Sisters Limoncello, a splash of club soda, a splash of lemonade, and a sugar rim/lemon twist garnish on the glass. It’s the right combination of both sweet and sour.
Unleash your inner pirate and order Silver Bay Blues at Lake George Beach Club, located on the waterfront. The bright blue martini includes a mixture of Blue Chair Bay Rum, pineapple juice, sweet and sour mix, and Blue Curacao. It brings a Caribbean island feel to the shores of Lake George!
If you’re a traditionalist when it comes to martinis, then head on over to Christie’s on the Lake by the Lake George Village waterfront. When the weather is beautiful, there’s nothing better than sitting on their outdoor patio deck with a refreshing Dirty Martini. Whether you prefer it with vodka or gin, you’re sure to get that same great green olive brine taste in each sip.
Go Beyond Lake George For These 5 Great Martinis
Martinis are a great cocktail year round, but some places offer special martinis during certain seasons. At The Grist Mill in Warrensburg, you can order up their Summer Martini this season! The ingredients include Stoli Orange and Grand Marnier with a hibiscus and coriander syrup served with a hint of fresh lime, a hibiscus sugar-rimmed glass, and an orange wheel.
Their bartender, Bob, makes all his own shrubs, syrups, sour mixes, and unique garnishes, so you can expect strong, fresh flavor from The Grist Mill’s drinks.
In the western Adirondacks, Big Moose Inn has a specialty cocktail named Absolut Adirondack Martini that is, as it’s name suggests, Adirondack inspired. It’s crafted using NY State maple syrup suspended in Absolut vodka, amaretto, and Kahlua garnished with a cherry. Relax inside their cozy bar and sip on this sweet martini.
Up in Lake Placid, mixologist Giovanni Gurrieri creates specialty cocktails at Whiteface Club & Resort’s Moose Lodge Boathouse Restaurant, including martinis! If you take a trip to their waterfront location, then you’ll definitely want to order their invigorating Sunset Sour Martini. For specifics, this drink is created with the following ingredients:
- 1.5 oz Milagro Tequila
- 1oz Grand Marnier
- 1oz fresh lemon juice
- 1 whole egg white
- 3 cilantro leaves
- 2 dashes of angostura bitters
- Touch of Agave nectar
- Top with ¾ ounce of Castle Rock Pinot Noir
The Queensbury Hotel’s new refined dining restaurant, Park 26, has perfected the art of the martini. Pictured left is one their most unique selections, the Cucumber Martini, which combines Crop Cucumber Vodka with Cointreau, fresh squeezed lime juice, and a cucumber slice garnish. If you’re a fan of Moscow mules, then this may be the martini for you.
Got a sweet tooth? A good alternative to the Cucumber Martini is Park 26’s Tiramisu Martini, pictured right, which is a mixture of Stoli Vanilla Vodka, Creme de Cacao, and a dash of cream.
Watermelon is one of the most popular summer fruits, and in Glens Falls, you can enjoy it as the main flavor in a martini! Morgan & Co. Restaurant has created a Watermelon Martini with watermelon spiked vodka, local Sly Fox Gin, Aperol, and lime. Order one and celebrate both National Martini Day and the start of summer.
Where is your favorite place to get a martini?