If a cocktail has a personality, the martini is that effortlessly stylish life of the party. While classically made with a mix of gin and vermouth and a signature green olive, myriad martini variations and portmanteaus include the appletini (cider, juice, liqueur, or brandy), bacon martini (infused vodka), and fictional spy James Bond’s go-to, the vodka martini, which is of course, shaken, not stirred. This storied libation with its very own long-stemmed, wide-rimmed vessel is deceptively simple to make, and with Rhody businesses providing the goods, you can sip local to pregame your celebration with this jolty java drink sure to help ring in 2024 with wide eyes and fresh energy.
Inspired by Rhode Island Spirits
Make it a mocktail by swapping vodka with something like Seedlip, a plant-based liquor substitute used in nonalcoholic mixed drinks.
Put water and sugar into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil; stir until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract until combined. Allow to cool. Store in an airtight container (a canning jar is ideal). Makes 1.5 cups.
A handy list of brands, shops, and makers featured in this article:
Wakefield | @allumechocolate
Featured: Blackberry Hazelnut Crunch Bonbon, Caramel Sea Salt Bonbon
Find beautiful bonbons at Cocktail Hour Essentials, West Warwick, and Stock Culinary Goods, Providence. For local pickup, nationwide shipping, and listing of nearby events, visit AllumeChocolate.com
North Kingstown | @aucoindesigns
Featured: Styling and photography
December 2-3: Hoppy Holidays at The Guild, Pawtucket
North Kingstown | @lighthousecoffeeri
Featured: In-house roasted coffee
Catering available for the holidays
Newport | @littlechateau
Featured: Ceramic Pinched Vase with Stripes; Espresso Martini Linen Tea Towel; Smoke Stem Coupe Glasses; Tuscan Marble Salt and Pepper Mill
Smithfield | @oliveandgigi.ri
Featured: Acrylic event signage
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Pawtucket | @rispirits
Featured: Rhodium Coffee Black Walnut Vodka
Available at liquor stores across the state. Cocktails, sample flights, tours, and products available at the Distillery & Tasting Room, 40 Bayley Street
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