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Gin

The epitome of elegance and taste, the Martini is as stiff a drink as ever there was and should be approached with caution. Three of these and the floor won’t seem quite so stable

How To Make It

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Place the Martini glass and stirring glass in the freezer three hours beforehand to chill. Martini recipes are very personal – the amount of vermouth used is open to debate – but a standard 5:1 formula is generally accepted as the best. However this is a wet recipe, calling for an increase in vermouth which takes some of the strength away and is best enjoyed in the early evening.

Wet Gin Martini

Ingredients

  • 60ml gin
  • 30ml dry vermouth
  • cubed ice
  • lemon twist or olives

Equipment

  • chilled martini glass
  • mixing glass
  • shot measure
  • julep strainer
  • stirring spoon

Method

  1. Pour the gin and vermouth into the chilled stirring glass.
  2. Fill the stirring glass half with ice.
  3. Stir the liquid for at least 3 minutes. This doesn’t have to be constant stirring but the liquid needs enough time with the ice to reduce the temperature.
  4. Strain into the chilled Martini glass.
  5. Garnish with a lemon twist or olives.

Did you know?

It’s unclear by whom, or exactly when, the first true Dry Martini was mixed – that is to say a cocktail using Plymouth or London dry gin with French vermouth and using no syrup of any kind. However it did happen and by 1900, the Dry Martini had managed to eclipse all other versions.

Make this Cocktail

Ingredients

The following are available from The Whisky Exchange:

  • Rutte Celery Gin

    70cl / 43%

    £32.45

  • Noilly Prat Original Dry

    75cl / 18%

    £13.95

£46.40

Ingredients & Equipment

All of the ingredients, plus this equipment:

  • Bonzer Japanese Stainless Steel 2.5 & 5cl Jigger

    £5.95

  • Julep Strainer

    £2.95

  • Bonzer Bar Spoon 10"

    £6.95

  • Mixing Glass Libbey / 26oz (75cl)

    £11.25

  • Copper Martini / 23cl (8oz)

    £19.25

£92.75

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Drinks

  • Rutte Celery Gin

    70cl / 43%

    Rutte's Celery Gin is a combination of traditional old-world methods with a contemporary new-world twist. Celery has been used in Rutte's gins since it began producing, and this is a light and citrusy gin with a hint of celery. This will make a great Red Snapper – just use this instead of vodka in a classic Bloody Mary recipe.

    £32.45

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  • Noilly Prat Original Dry

    75cl / 18%

    A superior French dry vermouth. The white wine base is allowed to age in the open air during a year of oak maturation before flavouring and fortification. The blend is then aged for a further year before release.

    £13.95

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Equipment

  • Bonzer Japanese Stainless Steel 2.5 & 5cl Jigger

    These Japanese-style jiggers are all the rage – make sure you are on trend with this elegant measure.

    £5.95

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  • Julep Strainer

    Like a flat miniature colander. Perfect for all your julep-straining needs.

    £2.95

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  • Bonzer Bar Spoon 10"

    A solid Bonzer spoon with disc on the end and a spiral shaft - perfect for layering cocktails.

    £6.95

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  • Mixing Glass Libbey / 26oz (75cl)

    A high-quality mixing glass from Libbey, complete with a small jug like spout on the lip to aid in pouring.

    £11.25

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Glasses

  • Copper Martini / 23cl (8oz)

    A classically shaped copper Martini 'glass', which holds 23cl of the iconic cocktail.

    £19.25

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