Neo-Martinis

They're Martinis! And they're not!

A Nice Pear

"A Nice Pear" is merely a quirky and perhaps slightly naughty name for a straightforward cocktail.  It is effectively an apple and pear flavoured Neo-Martini.  This is not an especially complicated inspiration for creating a new cocktail.  But done well...

Pear and Blueberry Martini

The Pear and Blueberry Martini is a thick, even viscous Neo-Martini.  It is based on vanilla vodka, adding that peculiar vanilla sweetness to its fruity flavours.  This has to be carefully balanced to prevent it from dominating the drink. For a time I worked...

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,...

Thai Spice Martini

The Thai Spice Martini is hot.  As the name suggests, it is a Neo-Martini flavoured primarily with the kind of spicy ingredients you might expect to find in a Thai curry.  Chilies, ginger and lemongrass, as well as lychees.  As such I would only...

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,...

Japanese Slipper

The Japanese Slipper is a modern classic of limited yet enduring popularity.  Based upon the bright green Japanese melon liqueur Midori, it certainly stands out.  Just slightly tangy yet with a sweetness to it, it is a good way to make use of Midori. It...

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...

Lemon Drop

The Lemon Drop is a very interesting and unusual vodka based, lemon flavoured Neo-Martini.  It is unusual in that the actual recipe you use doesn't matter that much.  Instead what matters is that you adhere to the underlying philosophy of the drink.  So long as your...

Cosmopolitan

I know I may use the term a little too often, but the Cosmopolitan truly is an icon of the cocktail world.  It was something of a poster child for the resurgence of the cocktail in the 1980s and 90s.  And it has remained one of the most popular cocktails around the...

Dragon Boat Martini

The Dragon Boat Martini is a pleasant, bright green Neo-Martini designed with Oriental influences for mass appeal.  It is also highly illustrative of the process whereby new cocktails are created.  As such it makes an excellent case study. Dragon Boat Festival I...

Basil Grande

The Basil Grande is a very interesting Neo-Martini which is well on its way to becoming a modern classic.  It matches the fruitiness of strawberries with the unique herbal aroma of fresh basil.  And the sweetness of liqueurs with the dryness of cranberry juice....