Martini Marvels

They're not exactly events to toast: impending war, terrorist alerts, the third anniversary of the bear market. Still, we tried some unusual martinis that may help lift your spirits.

Appletini

1 1/2 oz. vodka

1 oz. apple-flavored schnapps

A splash of sour mix

It tastes like a frothy, liquefied Granny Smith.

Bikini Martini

1 1/2 oz. gin

1/2 oz. fresh lime juice

1/2 oz. Blue Curaçao

1 oz. peach schnapps

1/2 oz. sugar syrup

The clear blue color transports you right to the Caribbean.

Chocolate Martini

3 oz. vodka

1 oz. Godiva Chocolate Liqueur

It's a drink, it's a dessert, it's delicious.

By Toddi Gutner

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