Gin based Cocktails

Playing with Mother's Ruin

Strawberry and Lychee Martini

The Strawberry and Lychee Martini is a beautiful Neo-Martini.  Though sweet and fruity it is a little heavier and richer than other Neo-Martinis.  The gin base and addition of Sloe gin gives it an extra something.  While many Neo-Martinis are popular,...

The Vaultini

The Vaultini was the signature cocktail of The Vaults - a Cambridge cocktail bar I worked in early in my career.  Hence the name.  Vaults' Martini.  Vaultini.  It existed long before I got there and as such I have no idea who first created it,...

The Mule Family

The concept of a cocktail "family" is pretty arbitrary.  In some cases it represents a clear link between cocktails.  For example, a Watermelon Collins is simply a (Tom) Collins with the addition of watermelon.  In other cases the link is more...

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...

Aviation

The Aviation is a classic cocktail created during the first couple of decades of the 20th century.  It consists of gin, lemon juice, Maraschino and Crème de Violette.  This makes for a delicate, slightly dry yet impressively floral cocktail which is a...

Breakfast Martinis

The Breakfast Martini is a modern classic Martini Variant created by the great Salvatore Calabrese in 1996.  It is effectively a White Lady enhanced by the addition of marmalade.  Giving it a tangy, almost Sweet and Sour aspect.  It has spawned numerous...

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...