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A Martini Renaissance

The city’s best bartenders have been getting boldly creative with the timeless classic. Here are four riffs you’ve got to try.

The Field Martini at Janitor’s Closet
The Field Martini at Janitor’s Closet Photo: Ross Feighery

The Field Martini

at Janitor’s Closet

Head bartender Jef Tate infuses dry vermouth with okra to give his creation a gentle vegetal flavor and smooth texture.

The Silver Martini

at Kumiko

This Japanese-inspired gin concoction includes shochu, sake, and tea. Tiny cups of the tea and sake are served as sidecars so you can understand how all the flavors come together.

The Sage, Mezcal

at Bar Sótano

Not surprisingly, the bartenders at this Bayless spot turn to mezcal for their martini riff. Sage-infused vermouth and a spritz of thyme liqueur add an herbal twist.

The ’86 Martini

at Ludlow Liquors

Minnesota-made aquavit adds fennel and caraway flavors to this Nordic variation, which features Finnish gin.

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