Gin, Vodka, Dry, Wet, Dirty, Espresso, the list goes on and on. How even one think about the “perfect” Martini, when there are so many choices?
You know what? They are all perfect in their own way. That’s why I can’t just have one favorite Martini, so I’ve put together a list of my top 10 favorite martinis and their recipes, made by the best Martini makers in the business!
The Martini Recipes!
Dukes Bar Martini
This iconic Martini is a must while in London. Alessandro Palazzo and his crew are most assuredly stirring the Dukes Classic Martini for guests as I sit here writing this piece. If you can’t be at Dukes, then at least you have his recipe to keep you company until you book that flight over here! (FYI Ian Fleming used to drink here!)
The Savoy Martini
One of the greatest luxuries is sipping any cocktail in the Art-Deco wonder that is the American Bar of the Savoy Hotel in London! This Martini recipe invites you to make, not one, but a whole bottle of their Martinis!
Mr. Black Espresso Martini
The only Espresso Martini on the list is also the simplest recipe on the list, with only two ingredients. Mr. Black wouldn’t have it any other way! A splash of Mr. Black, a splash of espresso, a quick shake, and you are set!
My friend, Rob Patchett, introduced me to how a spritz of Cotswolds Absinthe could transform the Martini. I also love the small Nick and Nora Martini glass that makes the Martini a touch more 1920s!
Black Cow’s Dirty Cow
I am a Dirty Martini lover and this one, created by Chef Mark Hix, is exactly what I want from one – strong, salty and olivey! It’s shaken, so watch out!
This Martini turns the whole concept of a Dry Martini inside out with emphasis on the vermouth, plus a dash of Creme de Mure just to keep you on your toes!
Rekya Vodka Martini
How could I not include a Martini made by Fabiano Latham, Rekya Vodka’s Brand Ambassador! Rekya Vodka stirred down with pure glacier ice and then some lemon zest – transports you right to Iceland in one sip!
Hendrick’s Gin Tini Martini
Hendrick’s Gin redefined the Martini with a slice of cucumber and a whole lot of smarts!! Here is the recipe for its idiosyncratic Tini Martini as well as its big girl Martini!
Bertha’s Revenge Martini
It has been said that Winston Churchill liked his Martinis so dry that merely a glance across the room at the bottle of vermouth would suffice. Luckily, Irish distillers Bertha’s Revenge have created the Perfect Dry Martini, including Bertha’s Revenge Gin, a dry vermouth, lemon zest and green olives.
This super easy Martini cocktail recipe is not what you might expect. Using Berkshire Dry Gin Lillet and Pine Cordial gives it that Christmas feel anytime.
- 70ml Porter’s Tropical Old Tom
- 10ml Dry Vermouth
- Lemon Coin
- Add all of the ingredients to a Mixing Glass
- Add ice and stir
- Double strain into a Nick and Nora glass
- Garnish with a discarded lemon coin
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