The Martini is the undoubtedly the king within the cocktail world. It has a rich history and is likely to have evolved from the Martinez cocktail 1887, with the Dirty Martini originating in 1901, when New York bartender John O'Connor found inspiration in the classic's famous olive garnish. In the 1950s vodka superseded gin as its popularity grew, with the resurgence of gin this has changed.
The core ingredients within the Martini are Vermouth and Gin. Vermouth is an aromatised wine full of flavour, it can be sweet, sour, salty or bitter depending on the brand. It brings colour and complexity making a versatile partner to any cocktail.
If you wish to experience the best Martini in London head to the Duke’s Bar at Duke’s Hotel in Mayfair. You will be served by Alessandro Palazzi and his team. It is a magical experience and they will only serve you two martinis’ due to the punch they pack.
Ease of Making: Easy
Glass Type: Martini Glass
Taste: Umami. The brine from the olives provide saltiness and savouriness.
- 50ml Explorer's Gin
- 20ml Olive Brine
- 15ml Cocchi Savoy Dry Vermouth
- Add Olives to garnish
- Chill your Martini glass in the freezer or by swirling ice within the glass.
- Add the Gin, Vermouth and Olive Brine into a mixing glass.
- Add ice into the mixing glass and stir until the mixing glass begins to sweat.
- Stir slowly for 20 seconds.
- Using a cocktail strainer, pour your Martini into your chilled glass.
- To garnish add Olives.