What a huge subject to try and cover! The
Martini cocktail – how can you define
such a classic? So much has been written about
the Martini - how it came about, whether it
should be made from gin or vodka, should it
be wet or dry, what to garnish it with (or
not!), whether it should be stirred or shaken … the
list goes on and on … To answer many
of these FAQs why not revisit our previous
feature devoted to this very subject where
we have tried to reveal some of the mysteries
surrounding this most widely debated cocktail
topic - click here.
If you take the purist point of view – to
be a Martini cocktail, the recipe should include
either gin or vodka and dry
vermouth (the most
respected barmen always insist on Noilly
Prat Dry. Though as attitudes and tastes change, speaking
with the bartenders and mixologists in the know,
a Martini cocktail is more likely to be defined
these days as a cocktail that consists of either
gin or vodka and served in a “V” shaped
cocktail glass(now more usually referred to
as a Martini glass).
As we are constantly re-discovering during
our quest for recipes to add to our selection on
in-the-spirit, there is no right answer to
exactly what ingredients should be included
or in what
proportions. Everyone has different tastes.
With that in mind we have chosen a varied
selection of Martini inspired cocktail recipes
a range of flavours and colours.
of all we suggest a Classic
Made with one shot each of Noilly
Prat Dry (essential!)
and premium dry gin,
Martini is made by shaking the ingredients
together and straining into a Martini
glass – whereas
Martini which uses half a shot of Noilly
Prat Dry, 2 shots of premium gin and
is stirred together before serving. You will
at the difference such seemingly slight changes
in a recipe will make to the flavour of your
cocktail. This is the ultimate in chic cocktails
for the style conscious.
reputed to be Fred Astaire’s
favourite tipple. The main ingredient
is 2 shots of premium dry gin, add
to that half a shot of Noilly
Prat Dry, 2 large splashes of De Kuyper
Brandy and 3 drops of Angostura
Bitters. A fruity Martini favourite – to
inspire you to dance the night away!
is an unusual cocktail idea and sounds quite
bizarre but it really works! The base spirit
ingredient here is vodka (2 shots),
the flavours and colour coming from Warninks
Advocaat (1 shot), Stolichnaya Vanilla vodka
(half a shot) plus half a shot of bourbon and
a bar spoon of sugar
syrup. If you like custard,
you’ll love this!
inspiration taken from the traditional Kir
cocktail combined with a Dry
Made from traditional martini cocktail
ingredients of premium dry gin and
Prat Dry vermouth,
the difference here is the addition
Kuyper Crème de Cassis which provides the lush blackcurranty
flavour and deep berry colour.
is a delicious cocktail ideal for transporting
you and your imagination
away to a sun-kissed
beach for a tropical holiday. For
this you need premium dry gin, De
Curaçao and just a bar spoon’s
worth of Peach
Schnapps. The result
is an exotic blue cocktail with the
essence of tropical fruit.
real treat for strawberry fans! Made with vodka, De Kuyper
Crème de Cassis, lime
juice, caster sugar and fresh strawberries,
this is a cocktail to die for!
hope you enjoy trying out our “Martini
inspired” cocktail recipes – both
the classics and the more contemporary ones.
remember: in-the-spirit recommends enjoying
all cocktail recipes listed in moderation.