C&TH share 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 place in the history books of British culture, and remains an iconic drink to this day. The cocktail oozes an old-school elegance and sophistication, that has been transformed and adapted to create a wonderfully unique drink.
Sipsmith Classic Martini
The originator of this classic tipple is a little murky to say the least. Ranging 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, Dolin 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 your drink with the their signature dish – and another 1970s favourite – the Chicken Kiev.
- 50ml vodka
- 40ml mango juice mix*
- 10ml lemon juice
Shake all with ice and fine strain into a martini glass, serve with a shot of Babycham perry
*Of your choice
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 all ingredients together and garnish with a fresh grapefruit twist.