We asked two experts, one from Canada, and one from England, to give us their takes on the classic Martini.

Take One: The Vodka Martini

First up, Simon Hooper, Diageo Canada’s Reserve Brand Ambassador.

His big tip: No matter what the cocktail, always put the least expensive ingredient, say lime juice or ginger beer — rather than cognac, into your shaker first, in case you mess up.

The Watermelon & Mint Martini, courtesy of Simon Hooper, Diageo Canada’s Reserve Brand Ambassador

1.25 oz. Ketel One Vodka

2 oz. watermelon juice

0.25 oz. lime(s), plus a lime sliced into wheel shapes.

3 fresh mint leaves

0.25 oz. pure cane syrup

Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled shaker. Shake well and strain into a well-chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lime wheel or fresh watermelon cubes.

Take Two: The Gin Martini

Agostino Perrone, the award-winning mixologist at London’s Connaught Bar, and the hotel’s director of mixology (below) introduced the bar’s signature Martini Trolley, stirred — never shaken — at tableside, with a choice of bitters presented to the guest. Each bitters’ aroma is inhaled and savoured. Then, based on what the guest finds the most appealing, a martini is born — unique, bespoke, every time. Perrone was kind enough to share his recipe for a fool-proof fabulous martini every time. Now, I’m stirred too.

Connaught Martini, courtesy of Agostino Perrone, director of mixology

75ml Gin (or Vodka)

15ml blend of dry vermouth

5 drops bitter of choice (Cardamom, Lavender, Liquorice, Grapefruit, Vanilla, Ginger, Coriander seeds)

In a mixing glass, stir the vermouth and spirit over ice and strain into a chilled martini glass coated with bitter of your choice. Garnish with lemon zest or olive.