Award-winning distiller shares his top tips and tricks for making the ‘world’s best’ martini
An award winning gin distiller has revealed his top tricks and tips for when it comes to making a classic martini cocktail from home.
He says the classic cocktail is traditionally made with either gin or vodka and a splash of vermouth, a strong wine, is added into the drink along with orange bitters.
An award winning gin distiller has revealed his top tricks and tips for when it comes to making a classic martini cocktail from home
When it comes to choosing the spirit content Tim says vodka gives the cocktail neutral body, whereas gin can enhance the botanicals and bring out big flavours.
A wet or dry martini depends on the ratio of spirit to vermouth, a drier drink will have a higher spirit content and a wet drink will contain more vermouth.
‘If you are new to martini’s then ordering “wet” is an approachable way to get started,’ Tim wrote.
Recipe: How to make the world’s best martini
- Combine London dry style gin with fresh and dry vermouth.
- Shake or stir the drink as desired, shaken will give the drink a cool temperature and stirred will give the drink a silky texture.
- Pour the cocktail into a martini glass.
- Choose a garnish to sit on top, olives and pickled onions will create a savoury flavour and fruit will create a fresher, sweeter flavour.
- Top the classic cocktail off with good quality fresh ice and enjoy.
Martini making tips:
- Chill the martini glass before pouring the drink inside to serve.
- Keep a bottle of gin in the freezer for a cool beverage on hand.
- Use a London Dry Style gin like Never Never Triple Juniper.
- Vermouth needs to be fresh and refrigerated or it will oxidise once it has been opened.
Picking a martini garnish is an important step as particular toppings compliment certain flavours, as olives offer a savoury taste and lemon peel offers a fresh taste
Picking a martini garnish is an important step as particular toppings compliment certain flavours, as olives offer a savoury taste and lemon peel offers a fresh taste.
The highly debatable shaken or stirred preference, made famous by James Bond, depends on whether you prefer your drink ice cold or silky.
Tim says for a ‘silky and viscous’ drink to order a stirred martini and for a ‘super cold’ martini order the cocktail shaken.
To make the world’s best martini at home Tim says to start with dry style gin like Never Never Triple Juniper [pictured] and dry vermouth, then shake or stir and empty into a glass to garnish
To make the world’s best martini at home Tim says to start with your favourite London Dry style gin like Never Never Triple Juniper and fresh dry vermouth.
Then says to shake or stir the drink as desired to then pour into a glass and garnish with either lemon, grapefruit, olives or pickled onions and fresh ice.
He says the martini is one of, if not, the hardest cocktail to master and encourages all who are over the age of 18 to try and make the classic drink at home.