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LESLIE FICKLING
MIAMI

THE MARTINI IS THE ULTIMATE COCKTAIL MUSE. LET CREATIVITY POUR.  
Like any great bartender, Leslie Fickling, Stoli® Most Original Bartender, Miami, has a cadre of fans who swear she makes the best classic vodka Martinis. “My technique is to rinse the chilled glass with a splash of vermouth. Then, I stir the vodka with ice before straining it into the glass. The beauty of a well-made Martini is that you taste the spirit,” she says.Back in the day it was just dry or dirty, but now people also enjoy a refreshing, pale green cucumber Martini or a dark espresso Martini.

However, Fickling’s brand of hospitality goes beyond the traditional vodka Martini to satisfy many tastes. On a steamy Miami afternoon, she helps customers keep their cool by stirring Stoli® with muddled cucumber and lime. By 11:00 at night, the crowd is clamoring for her dark, espresso Martinis that are guaranteed to keep the party going. “No matter what your preference, I can make something delicious to fill your Martini glass,” says Fickling. “In Miami there is only one rule: Every cocktail has to look as good as it tastes.”

LESLIE'S RECIPES

Dirty Vodka Martini With An Olive
DIRTY VODKA MARTINI WITH AN OLIVE
TREND: PERFECT MARTINI
Try the brine! This popular rendition of the vodka Martini accentuates the taste of the salty olive garnish, making it a perfect aperitif.

Espresso Martini
ESPRESSO MARTINI
TREND: PERFECT MARTINI
The perfect pick-me-up, this version of the Martini gets a boost from real espresso, making it a coffee lover’s delight or a great drink to kick off the night.

Cucumber-lime Martini
CUCUMBER-LIME MARTINI
TREND: PERFECT MARTINI
Refreshing in both its simplicity and its taste, this take on the vodka Martini resembles a vodka Gimlet with just a hint of cucumber to soothe the senses.