Whether you like yours shaken or stirred, dirty or sweet, chances are Naperville has the right martini for you. To help get your weekend started, Patch has put together a list of some of the best spots for you to imbibe in this classic drink.
Mention martini and Naperville in the same sentence and more then likely Two-Nine will be the first place people will suggest. Located above , Two-Nine is open every Wednesday through Sunday from 6 p.m. In addition to appetizers, they serve 12 different signature martinis.
The Pineapple Upside Cake features Smirnoff vanilla, pineapple juice and grenadine, while the Orange Dreamsicle brings back memories of a childhood push-up with an adult kick, made from Captain Morgan's Parrot Bay Orange, Smirnoff vanilla, orange juice and a splash of cream.
If you're craving candy, check out the Gummy Bear -- Smirnoff pineapple, peach schnapps, lemon-lime soda and sour mix, or the Grape Skittle - Smirnoff blueberry, Blue Curacao, cranberry juice, grenadine and sour mix.
Whether you want to kick back and listen to the sounds of favorite local bands, catch the big game, or dance the night away to the hottest DJs, Rizzo's offers a martini for every day of the week and then some to spare.
For martini purists, choose from the classic Dirty Martini, a gimlet or Rob Roy. If you prefer something a little sweeter, try the French Martini (Stoli Razberi, pineapple juice and Chambord0, the Honey Dew (Malibu, pineapple juice and Midori) or the Summer Breeze (Absolut Citron mixed, DeKuyper peach schnapps, pineapple and cranberry juice).
And if you prefer to have a liquid dessert, dive into a Key Lime (Absolut vanilla, Liquor 43, Roses lime juice, a dash of Amaretto and a splash of cream), a Banana Split (Absolut vanilla, Stoli strawberry, Banana liquor, Godiva white and dark chocolate, a dash of cream and grenadine garnished with whip cream, chocolate and a cherry) or a Thin Mint (Absolut vanilla, Green crème de menthe, Baileys and White Crème de Cacao topped with chocolate shavings).
In addition to some of the area's best fresh seafood and, of course, frog legs, Hugo's also boats some of the best martinis in town.h
From the Pamagranate (Belevedere Citrus, Pama Pomagranate liquor and sour mix) to the Pear Blossom (Grey Goose L'Poire, St. Germain, Sour and a splash of Pear Puree) to the Espresso Martini (Van Gogh Double Espresso vodka), the martinis run the gamut of the flavor spectrum.
Desserts aren't the only decadent items at the White Chocolate Grill. If you have to pick only one, try the house favorite White Chocolate Martini, a simple yet delicious combination of chocolate vodka and Godiva white chocolate liqueur.
The classic Dean Martini can be made with either Grey Goose vodka or Bombay Sapphire gin, along with blue cheese olives, while you can give your immune system a boost with the Vitamin C Martini, featuring Smirnoff Orange , orange juice, pineapple and cranberry.
Voted Best Martinis by readers of a local magazine, Sullivan's Steakhouse boasts more then 10 unique martinis. Its signature martini, the Knockout, which includes Svedka Clementine vodka infused with sweet Hawaiian pineapple, is a hands-down customer favorite.
Other favorites include the Elderflower & Cucumber Martini, a combination of Hendricks gin (cucumber flavored) and St-Germain Elderflower liqueur, infused with cucumber water and a splash of lemon. And if you want a little sweet with your sour, the Blueberry Lemon Martini includes Stoli Blueberry vodka, Triple Sec, fresh blueberries and sweet and sour.