A Rocks Martini
The Martini is synonymous with sophistication, refinement, a plucking bass string and a-wailin’ saxophone in a smoky bar at midnight. Of course there is James Bond, with his Vesper Lynd Martini, invented and named by the fictional secret agent in the 1953 novel Casino Royale.
‘Three measures of Beefeater, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold then add a large thin slice of lemon-peel. Got it?’
“Certainly, monsieur.” The barman seemed pleased with the idea. The novel goes on with Bond telling the barman, after taking a long sip,
“Excellent … but if you can get a vodka made with grain instead of potatoes, you will find it still better”.
And so began the most famous of all the classic finishes of the Martini.
The Dry Martini
Many people would argue that a true dry Martini is best when served with a twist, rather than an olive. This is largely a matter of taste; there are many schools either way.
Lemon rind, twisted over the top of the Martini imparts a gently spray of lemon oils to the surface. Olives, on the other hand, add an olive taste, salt and water, of course.
However, traditionally a Dry Martini is dry due to the use of dry vermouth; it has no relevance to the amount of vermouth used. An extremely important dimension to a traditional Martini is the content of vermouth, and the content of water derived from ice melting whilst stirring in the drink. Stirring twenty times to the left then six to the right has been deduced to give this drink, precisely 20mls of melted ice. 10mls of the best dry vermouth money can buy at a 6:1 ratio. Drink this drink as the epitome of the cool, sophisticated lifestyle that is Martini drinking, finish it as you like.
The Sweet Martini
This expression of the classy beverage is prepared in the same manner as dry, substituting sweet vermouth, or Martini Rosso, for the dry vermouth and finished with an orange twist and Maraschino cherry.
The Extra Dry Martini
This Martini is for the puritanical. The ice melt and the vermouth play a much smaller part in this drink. Thus, it is extra dry—not wet. It is a more intense way to drink the base spirit and shows the botanicals of the Gin & the flavors of the Vodka used, this is not to be drunk to introduce you to the classic Martini, but for those who already know the Martini and are searching for just a little bit more. Finished anyway you like it.
The Perfect Martini
A Pink Martini – 10mls sweet and 10ml dry vermouth, for the easy drinker. Finished anyway you like it.
The Naked Martini
A Martini with no vermouth. Mmm… Icy cold Gin or Vodka & water. Finished anyway you like.
|Zubrowka Bison Grass||Poland|
|Anchovy||Trio of anchovy stuffed olives|
|Boston Bullet||Almond stuffed olive|
|Dirty||Olive brine & large green olives|
|Gimlet||Dash lime cordial, lime peel twist|
|Octopus||Grilled baby octopus|
|Olive||Trio large green olives|
|Salad||Trio large green olives & twist|
|Silver Bullet||Scotch rinse & Naked Vodka Martini|
|Twist||Large twist of lemon peel|
|Vincent||Absinthe rinse & orange twist|
|Ward Eight||Large twist of orange peel|
A Different Martini
Wyborowa Vodka, Chambord Berry liqueur shaken with pineapple juice, served classic
Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka w vanilla, honey & citrus flame
|Vesper Lynd Martini|