The Dry Martini and Variants

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Sloe Gin Martinis

A few years back I worked in a Martini Bar in London.  It specialized in any cocktail related to the word "Martini".  From top notch Dry Martinis, to serious Martini Variants, through the lighter and more fruity Neo-Martinis, and even to a number of sweeter,...

Corpse Reviver #2

The Corpse Reviver # 2 is an old but excellent Martini Variant which has enjoyed something of a...revival in recent years.  Potent, but not alcoholically overwhelming.  Tangy, but not Sour.  And with a lot of depth of flavour and character.  It is...

Million Dollar Cocktail

The Million Dollar Cocktail is another classic cocktail from the first golden age of bartending.  Like the legendary Singapore Sling, it too is reputed to have been created by the great Hainanese-Chinese bartender, Ngiam Tong Boon.  This likely occurred...

Bronx

The Bronx is an early Martini Variant.  So early, in fact, that it may actually predate the Martini itself.  Or at the very least, it was created during that time period where the Martini was slowly evolving from the Martinez to the final version of the Dry...

Smoky Martini

The Smoky Martini is a mad little classic which mixes the best elements of a Dry Martini with a smoky Scotch whisky.  To many people (including myself) that sounds both overpowering and frankly revolting.  And it is certainly more of a niche cocktail than a crowd...

Fukushima Martini

The Fukushima Martini is a drink I created for my good friend Li Yan in 2011 to suit her tastes.  She loves Dirty Martinis and hot chilies.  So I came up with this for her – the dirtiest, spiciest Martini you’d ever want to see.  I used to let her select the chili she...

Dirty Martini

The Dirty Martini is the Martini Variant that takes the classic olive garnish of the Dry Martini and goes all in with it.  For those who enjoy the olive taste of their Martini, it is a winner.  And my own Very Dirty Martini even better.  However, for those, like...

Vesper Martini

Everyone knows that James Bond's drink of choice is a "Vodka Martini, shaken not stirred".  This iconic line has been repeated across the decades by every new actor to play the British secret agent.  But fewer people know that this was not his original drink of...

Gimlet

The Gimlet is a peculiar cocktail, with an odd history and backstory.  It consists solely of Gin and lime cordial.  As such it sort of fits in as a Martini variant, but this is admittedly stretching the definition quite a bit.  Nevertheless, the sheer fact that it is...

Gibson

I'm going to begin the investigation into Martini Variants with the simplest one there is - the Gibson.  The only difference between the Gibson and the Dry Martini is the garnish.  While a Dry Martini may be enhanced by olives or a lemon twist, the Gibson is...

Dry Martini

The Dry Martini is indisputably one of the greatest cocktails of all time.  For decades it was the the primary driving force of the cocktail world.  Both in terms of drinking culture and innovation from bartenders.  It became an icon to such an extent that the glass...

Taste Profile: The Martini and its Variants

The Dry Martini was the most popular cocktail of the 20th century.  So much so that it became literally iconic.  As evidenced by the martini glass becoming the universally recognized symbol for "cocktails". Yet in some ways it remains an enigma.  Incredibly simple to...