Sweet martini accompaniments

Normally I would only ever serve savoury snacks to accompany a martini, but there have been a small number of exceptions. I don’t have a sweet tooth but some of you might, so this is for you. I made some umami tuna steaks for a friend for dinner (thank you Laura Santtini for the recipe). We had a martini as an apéritif before the meal … Continue reading Sweet martini accompaniments

More martini snacks and canapes

I’m just going to leave this here…    What could be easier than olives and cheese-stuffed peppers that you picked up at the shops on the way home? I particularly like the colour contrast of these two. Oh and the taste. You can’t go wrong with the lemony-buttery taste of Nocellara olive flesh, while the soft creamy cheese paired very indulgently with the sweet piccante … Continue reading More martini snacks and canapes

A Bombay Martini

I was picking up some supplies in the supermarket when this gin caught my eye. Bombay London Dry Gin: more muted in appearance than its bright blue Sapphire  sister, it has a simple, almost stringently-coloured branding. I am not a fan of floral or overly botanical gins in my martini so I though that this one with only 8 botanicals (to Sapphire’s 10) might provide … Continue reading A Bombay 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

The Espresso Martini

“Make me something that wakes me up and then f#*€s me up.”    I’ve wanted to make this one for a long time but given its chemical stimulant potency I found myself putting it off until a suitable situation arose. The origin of most cocktails is blurry (a testament to their effectiveness) but it is believed that the espresso martini was created in a bar … Continue reading The Espresso Martini

How to make a very simple lemon drop martini

   Quick and easy; serves one.    Juice a fresh lemon.   Add 3-4 teaspoons (or to taste) of sugar. Stir until the sugar has dissolved. If you have time, place the mixture in the freezer for 20 minutes, or the fridge for an hour. Into a martini glass pour a dash of vermouth, then equal measures of chilled vodka/gin and the lemon mixture. Stir … Continue reading How to make a very simple lemon drop martini

A martini for Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday)

Today was a good day. For a start, it was the first day I left the office this year and it was still daylight for my walk home. However, more importantly… Today is Pancake Day! My favourite saint’s day of all. Valentine’s Day is a horrible endurance of emotional intensity and commercially enforced feelings of low self-worth if you’re single. St Patrick’s Day might have … Continue reading A martini for Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday)

A festive Advocaat and lemonade

At Christmas time, and Christmas time only, my family partake of a ‘snowball’ cocktail. It is a typical winter warmer made with the Dutch drink Advocaat. Advocaat is a blend of whisky, sugar and egg nog, all of which are good winter ingredients. Mix equal parts of Advocaat and lemonade in a glass (we usually use a Paris goblet), stir then serve. It’s simple and … Continue reading A festive Advocaat and lemonade

A Demerara and dark rum ‘spiky coffee’

This isn’t a martini, but it’s a nice drink that we occasionally partake of in my family, especially in winter. It’s comparable to an Irish coffee, but we haven’t traditionally called it that here and we use rum, not whisky/whiskey. It’s particularly good after a long cold day of outdoors activity. Make yourself some coffee. Pour a cup and add milk to taste if that’s … Continue reading A Demerara and dark rum ‘spiky coffee’

The Lemon Iced Tea Martini with Foam

While I first made this during the winter, I think it will make a better summer cocktail. It involves a similar preparation technique to the Lemon Drop Martini with Foam but uses Earl Grey infused gin as an additional ingredient. Leave out the egg white and the frothing process in this recipe if you want a simpler drink. For two martinis you will need: * … Continue reading The Lemon Iced Tea Martini with Foam