Some more martinis

Just another selection of recent martinis… A dirty one. A clean one. Both dirty and clean – photograph courtesy of Dr. Kirsty. Watching the sun set. Seeing the moon rise. Feeling the summer fade. Watching seasons come and go in general. I guess one thing about a martini is taking the time to pause and enjoy things. They are the most ‘zen’ of drinks and I … Continue reading Some more martinis

Martini Porn for World Gin Day

Happy World Gin Day everyone. To whet your appetites I’ve put together a selection of some martini images from the last few months. If you fancy making your own tonight, here is my guide. Enjoy!   A Lemon Drop Martini during a London Spring sunset.        A classic martini, the most elegant of drinks.   Channeling Danish hygge at my aunty’s house.    A selection of … Continue reading Martini Porn for World Gin Day

A Martini on the Rocks

Die-hard martini fans, look away now…    This sounds like a very glamorous, American thing to order at a bar: “I’ll take a martini on the rocks“.  Conversely, it is a very uncommon thing to say in the United Kingdom. Us Brits tend not to say “on the rocks” for fear of sounding affected. With the exception of obvious drinks such as spirits and mixers … Continue reading A Martini on the Rocks

A Martini made with Absinthe

“Oh god… is my face melting?”   I didn’t invent this one. Some other crazy person did. What’s more, it’s evidently been ordered and drunk often enough to have earned itself a name: the Mystic Martini.    Absinthe is typically 45-74% ABV and therefore highly potent. Invented in Switzerland, its alleged psychoactive properties led to its prohibition in many countries for decades, before decriminalisation led … Continue reading A Martini made with Absinthe

A Martini with Hayman’s Gin

I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while.    A very good friend and reader of this blog presented me with a bottle of this gin from Haymans. I instantly loved the branding and packaging. The colours, dark blue and gold, were positively regal. So I put the bottle in the freezer and awaiting a visit from my friend so we could have … Continue reading A Martini with Hayman’s Gin

The Gypsy Martini

A sweeter alternative to the classic martini.    This one is very straightforward.  You will need gin/vodka, sweet vermouth and a jar of maraschino cherries. The following recipe is for a 150ml glass: Add 3 teaspoons of maraschino cherry liqueur to a chilled martini glass. Add sweet vermouth to taste (between 2tsp and 30ml). Add chilled gin/vodka (between 120-140ml depending on the amount of vermouth … Continue reading The Gypsy Martini

The Breakfast Martini

Wake up to something magically taboo.   Marmalade cocktails have been around for a long time but the decadent breakfast martini was invented by Salvatore Calabrese in the Lanesborough hotel in London in 2000. It involves gin, marmalade, lemon juice and Cointreau or Triple Sec.    Those nice people at Fragata sent me a jar of Marmalade from their native Spain. It tasted so good … Continue reading The Breakfast Martini

A Dirty Martini with lemon olives

This is a very tasty variation on a classic.    It’s just a normal dirty martini but with an extra sour-silken touch of citrus.   I’ve mentioned previously that Fragata kindly sent me a box of goodies to try out. I usually eat their olives stuffed with anchovies but now I’m trying out their olives stuffed with lemon. While I still prefer to eat their … Continue reading A Dirty Martini with lemon olives

The Hot and Dirty Martini

Grrrrrrrrrrr    This is a very simple variation on the classic martini, and its obviously got a very arresting name.    I first had a hot and dirty martini at the Mermaid Inn in New York. It’s an excellent aperitif as it really gets your digestive juices churning. It’s perfect before a special dinner, whether it’s Sunday lunch, seafood, a romantic meal for two or … Continue reading The Hot and Dirty Martini

A garnish like the wings of Hermes

Okay so the title may sound a little bit melodramatic.    Nonetheless, I like the style of this simple lemon garnish.    I first saw it in the Skylon bar in London’s southbank.    It’s very easy to put together. Once you’ve squeezed your lemon peel into the martini glass (remember why this is important) cut it into an elongated diamond shape.    Cut a long slit … Continue reading A garnish like the wings of Hermes