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It looks like a martini, and it’s kind of close, but it’s got a secret ingredient that makes it a completely different drink. The Maxim  is basically a not-so-dry gin martini with creme de cacao.

Maxim cocktail in stemless martini glass

I know, right? It’s a pretty odd combination, and it’s definitely not for every palette. Because the creme de cacao is just a dash, it works better than you’d think with the flavors of the gin and vermouth, and the result is a sort of citrus-chocolate flavor.


  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce dry vermouth
  • 1 dash white creme de cacao

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in all ingredients, and shake until chilled. Strain the mixture into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry, if desired.