The Beet Up Gibson Martini

This is a very simple variation on the classic Gibson martini.  I always found Gibsons to be very visually striking. They are garnished with a small pickled onion or two, and perhaps a teaspoon of the pickle vinegar, instead of the classic olive or lemon twist. They are bold and simple, with a slightly astringent taste from the vinegar. The Beet Up Gibson uses pickled … Continue reading The Beet Up Gibson Martini

The Lydia Martini

When someone orders a Gibson Martini, I instantly hold them in high regard. It’s such a stylish-looking version of the classic martini. The single white cocktail onion floating solemnly in the glass almost makes it look like a religious offering. The sharp flavour is also very distinctive. Furthermore, to know about a Gibson indicates a sophisticated and experienced familiarity with martinis in general, which can … Continue reading The Lydia Martini

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

The Foxlow in Balham 4/5

   My friend invited me out to lunch at the Foxlow Restaurant just around the corner from Balham tube station in south London.   The decor has a 1970s Scandinavian feel to it, with lots of wood and chunky fixtures that say practicality as well as style. The staff were also helpful, friendly and knowledgable.     The food menu is unpretentious comfort food – but of very high … Continue reading The Foxlow in Balham 4/5

A selection of other people’s martinis

With world martini day approaching (19 June) I thought I would collate a selection of martinis made by other people.    Here is a very elegant martini served in beautiful cut-glass, picture courtesy of Aquavit_1017 on Instagram.    A vodka martini with Tito’s vodka by Mr. Cradle. The following are by the highly creative chef The Juan And Only Chef Sweaty:    Above is his classic martini with lime. … Continue reading A selection of other people’s martinis

Worcestershire Sauce Martini

Yes you read that correctly. This is another slight variation on a classic martini. Just before you pour the martini, smudge a small amount of Worcestershire sauce into the glass. It adds a slightly savoury tinge to the drink which works quite well, especially if you’re looking to whet the appetite for a meal. Below is a suggestion: Marinade a good steak at room temperature … Continue reading Worcestershire Sauce Martini