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Shaken Not Stirred: National Martini Day Cocktail Recipes

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Shaken Not Stirred: National Martini Day Cocktail Recipes

Get your martini fix this Monday and celebrate National Martini Day with one of these delicious gin-filled cocktails

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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…

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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:

Sipsmith Classic Martini Recipe


50ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin

10-15ml dry vermouth – try Noilly Prat or Martini Extra Dry

1 cocktail olive

lemon twist


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.

Coin Laundry Martini


50ml vodka

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!

OSLO Icelandic Martini


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

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