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.