To celebrate National Martini Day, C&TH are sharing some rather delightful and somewhat potent martini recipes so you can raise a glass (or two) to this marvellous tipple…
When the charismatic, martini-swilling James Bond uttered those three words – “shaken-not stirred”- the martini took its seat in the history books of British culture and remains to this day a truly iconic drink. The cocktail oozes an old-school elegance and sophistication, that has been transformed and adapted to create a wonderfully unique drink.
For a cocktail on the go, head over to The Jam Tree in Clapham and try their mouth watering Watermelon Martini, or if you are feeling a more retro vibe, then head to new restaurant and bar Coin Laundry in Clerkenwell for some classics, including the popular 70s Porn Star Martini. Another great spot is OSLO in Hackney Central, who have just launched their new summer cocktail menu, including the Icelandic version of this classic mix.
Sipsmith Classic Martini
The origins of this classic tipple are a little murky to say the least, from a miner in the 1860s to a barman in a swinging-twenties New York hotel, there are many stories as to how the Martini came to be. Most believe it was Harry Craddock, head bartender at The Savoy’s American Bar during the 1920s and 30s, who was responsible for transforming the drink into what it is today. Try this version of a Classic:
50ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin
10-15ml dry vermouth – try Noilly Prat or Martini Extra Dry
1 cocktail olive
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the vermouth. Stir for a few seconds. Strain into a chilled glass. Some prefer to keep the vermouth in, though it can also be used as a wash and then discarded. Add the gin to the ice-filled cocktail shaker and stir briskly for about 50 turns. Strain into the glass and garnish with an olive. Serve immediately
Coin Laundry – Porn Star Martini
The retro Coin Laundry is no stranger to creating classic cocktails. This 1970s inspired Porn Star Martini is a wonderful twist on a classic drink, full of fruit flavour with a kick. Pair you drink with the their signature dish – and another 1970s favourite – the Chicken Kiev.
40ml mango mix*
10ml lemon juice
Shake all with ice and fine strain into a martini glass, serve with a shot of Babycham perry
OSLO – Icelandic Martini
This trend-setting restaurant offers live music and great cocktails and food. Drawing on and appreciation for all things Icelandic, they have created a truly delicious cocktail with a mixture of sweet and bitter – go on, give it a go!
40ml Millers Gin
20ml Grapefruit Liqueur Briottet
20ml Camomile syrup
2ml Liquorish drops
20ml Lemon Juice
Mix together and garnish with a fresh Grapefruit twist