My cousin was visiting for a catch up so I decided to make her something sweet and dark. I saw fresh cherries for sale, incidentally from the same shire that she comes from, so I bought them and went from there. So here is the result, the dark cherry martini.
3 parts gin or vodka
1-2 parts sweet vermouth (to taste)
2 parts cherry syrup (taken from a tin of dark cherries)
Dash of cane sugar dark cherry fizzy drink (totally optional, I only bought it out of interest)
Some cherries from the tin to garnish
As I have already implied, the act of drinking a martini is almost sacred. If you’re going to consume such a large amount of alcohol in one drink you’ve got to make it count. As such, in addition to the drink itself, the temperature, the accompanying nibbles, etc, you should also consider the location.
Unless your temperament suggests otherwise, you wouldn’t want to have one in a darkened room underground, for example.
Lighting and mood are important. A view is also preferable. Otherwise, I leave it up to you.
Dumbara Kanduvetiya, Sri Lanka.
Tower Bridge, London.