Finding The Classic Martini

Del Sur Watermelon Basil Martini (courtesy photo)

“Shaken, not stirred.” With an innate elegance and level of mystique, the classic martini has continued to swoon cocktail fanatics since its rise to popularity in the mid 1900’s. The intricacy of flavors that presents itself in each variation is what makes this drink magnificently unique in the cocktail realm. With martinis on the rise in San Diego’s progressive craft cocktail scene, it can be difficult to choose your martini go-to, so make it dirty with these San Diego restaurants serving up the finest martinis in the city!

For an elevated atmosphere that exudes sophistication, Bellamy’s offers modern American cuisine inspired by French influences along with a cocktail list comprised of classic and inventive creations. Indulge your senses with a Pom Tini, made from gin, lillet and pom juice, for an infusion of aromatic juniper and citrus notes that blends seamlessly into the astringent sweetness from the pomegranate and lillet.

Spice up your martini experience with Del Sur Mexican Cantina’s laidback and rustic atmosphere. If gin isn’t your thing, their Watermelon Martini is made with 100% agave tequila reposado, watermelon juice, lime and basil syrup. This refreshing cocktail has all the flavors of summer with a Mexican kick.

Seeking a relaxed setting complete with coastal vibes? Pillbox Tavern in Solana Beach offers a SoCal experience with surf décor and a menu packed with flavor. Their Lemon Gingertini is supremely artistic and also manages to maintain the drink’s original gin flavor profile. Made with Bombay Sapphire Gin, fresh lemon juice, homemade ginger syrup, housemade sweet and sour and served with a sugar rim, this martini yields traces of spice, earthy notes and a splash of citrus for a refreshing kick.

For a chic ambiance and expertly crafted cocktails, Ginger’s in the Gaslamp District offers a martini in its most modern form. Made from Grey Goose L’Orange, Cinzano Dry Vermouth, vanilla syrup, grapefruit and cherry syrup, the Hemingway Martini flaunts essential flavors that accentuate the drink’s uniqueness as an iconic cocktail while also incorporating a modern array of sweet and citrus notes for a palatable experience hard to resist.