From the legendary Alessandro Palazzi, the Martini maestro of Mayfair, to bartenders from Glasgow and Aberdeen, some of the best bartenders in the UK celebrates the iconic gin martini cocktail.
Three recipes created for a lovely Isle of Harris Gin project for #WorldGinDay are showcased below. These were selected from a total of seven created for the project, as with a little sourcing of ingredients you can serve them up at home, perhaps you know a special occasion coming up…something ginny?
Each bartender also explains their inspiration behind their Martini ‘twists’.
The recipes are unique and very different from one another, showcasing a different approach to working with a complex, and interesting gin like Isle of Harris gin which features savoury, floral and herbal notes alongside classic gin flavours due to a unique combination of botanicals inspired by their home in the very north of Scotland.
Take some inspiration for your Martini serves for Saturday 9 June?
“Stromberg lived in Atlantis, his palace submerged under the sea off the coast of Sardinia, Italy. I wanted to celebrate the ‘maritime pleasures’ in this unusual gin, bringing together an additional element of delicious Sardinian Bottarga which intensifies the unusual Sugar Kelp tones. The original Martini was created with gin, often many people think it was created with vodka. It is important
when making a Martini cocktail to ensure the glass and the spirit itself is as cold as possible. The common mistake amongst bartenders is to serve it in a warm glass, or even to dilute the cocktail with too much ice during preparation. This is why I serve the Martini cocktail in a frozen glass as well as keeping the gin the freezer. For me, the Martini cocktail is a symbol of purity and elegance. The gin Martini speaks for itself through the botanicals and when served properly, is a cocktail you savour. “
“With a slight pink / red hue this drink is reminiscent of the sun setting over the water. It has a touch of sweet sherry, freshness of pink grapefruit peel with the green notes of thyme, and the ocean notes of sugar kelp water. It’s evocative of sky, land and sea, as the sun is setting on the day. Very simple but exceptionally tasty!”
“As the Isle of Harris Gin is a very smooth spirit which leaves a very subtle aftertaste, it is perfect to work with more delicate flavours such as lavender, which is a personal favourite. As the drink was created at Hutchesons, the home of the Parma Violet cocktail, adding Violette liqueur was a must. The dose allows for a perfect lavender colour to be achieved. Garnished with a lavender flower, this is a really delicate twist on a Martini. Not too wet, not too dry, and created in a way to simply compliment rather than overbear the flavour of the Isle of Harris Gin.”