The Cocktail Diaries: The Heartini

The Cocktail Diaries: The Heartini

Our hearts are aflutter for the Heartini! We’re in love with our newest libation from a special guest and excited to shout our love from the rooftops. Or at least in our blog…

This month, Lucid Agency was honored to have Stephanie, founder of Distill Creative, concoct a special recipe that is perfect for a special date night or party with friends. Stephanie knows her craft (pun intended) since she created Distill Creative to be a “hands-on workshop, blog, and community of creators who love to make cocktails and crafts.”

The Heartini is a subtly spicy take on a perfect martini with an extra festive touch of cinnamon hearts that will have everyone swooning.

Martinis are not all the same, starting with the alcohol choice: vodka or gin. Vodka martinis are common—thanks to Bond, James Bond— but we opted for gin in the Heartini. First, seek out a good bottle of gin for this recipe and remember: quality aromatics make a big difference in the outcome of your drink. We use the locally produced Arizona Distilling Company’s “Commerce Gin.” Balanced with eight botanicals including cinnamon and citrus, made the perfect complement to this crisp, spicy recipe.

Once you’ve selected your gin, determine the kind of martini you want: wet, dry, or perfect. The Heartini is derived from a perfect martini, which means it has equal parts of dry and sweet vermouth. Balancing the sweet and dry vermouth lends itself to a stellar cocktail that, in this gal’s opinion, mellows the bite of the alcohol while allowing the aromatic botanicals to shine through.


    • 5 ounces of your favorite gin
    • 5 ounces of dry vermouth
    • 5 ounces of white (sweet) vermouth
    • Red cinnamon hearts


The Spicy Variation:

  • Chili-lemon powder
  • Your favorite hot sauce



Gather the first three ingredients, shake with ice for 30 seconds, and pour into a coupe or martini glass. Garnish with a little love in the form of cinnamon hearts and get ready to swoon over the results!

For the spicy version of the Heartini, serve the original recipe in a coupe or martini glass rimmed with chili-limon powder. Add a few (or more) drops of your favorite hot sauce just before serving if your love language is communicated through fiery condiments.

*Pro-tip: the large end of the standard cocktail jigger is 1.5 ounces, small end is .75 ounces

The Distill Creative mantra is that every good craft needs a good cocktail– and vice versa. To accompany this lovely elixir, Stephanie made a needlepoint with a sweet saying. Easy to make, this is a sweet gift you can pre-make for a loved one or gather your friends to make some—while drinking the Heartini— at your Valentine’s Day party.

Cheers and lots of love!

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Christine is the Communication Director at Lucid Agency, with a focus on internal communication and public relations. Christine is a proud ASU alumnus with B.S. in Marketing from W.P. Carey School of Business and a minor in Art History from the Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts. She enjoys combining the varied natures and influences of her education in her work and loves to debate word choice on the merits of connotation VS denotation, if anyone wants to take her up on it.

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