30 Martinis for you to try!

The proper union of gin and vermouth is a great and sudden glory; it is one of the happiest marriages on earth, and one of the shortest lived.” Bernard DeVoto

Happy World Martini Day! For me, martinis are hard to beat, however I hear from many of you that martinis are too strong or overpowering to become a regular in your gin cocktail repertoire.

There are so many different ways to try them, so I firmly believe there is a martini out there for everyone!

So here are 30 martinis you must try!

Millionaire’s Martini

Millionaire's Martini

Champagne and gin? What’s not to love? Full recipe here.

Sloe Gin Martini

Sloe Gin Martini

Sloe gin isn’t just for sipping over ice! Full recipe here.

Fifty-Fifty Martini

fifty-fifty martini

Equal parts vermouth and gin, this is a perfect martini for the beginner! Full recipe here.

Boomerang Martini

Boomerang martini

A popular drink from the 30’s and 40’s. Full recipe here.

Vesper martini

007’s creation (we won’t talk about his preference for vodka martinis…). Full recipe here.

Arnaud Martini

Arnaud martini

Named after the pre-war French singer, Yvonne Arnaud. Full recipe here

Burnt Martini

A little something for the whisky lovers. Full recipe here.

Spanish Martini

 

Spanish martini

Gin and sherry? Si Si! Full recipe here.

Can Can Martini

Can-can martini

A French flavour to this martini! Full recipe here.

Sweet Martini

Sweet Martini

Not all martinis need to be dry! Full recipe here.

Perfect Martini

All martinis are perfection. This one even more so! Full recipe here.

Dirty Martini

Dirty Martini

The dirtier the better. Full recipe here

Reverse Martini

Can’t handle them dry? Then go for a reverse or ‘wet’ martini. Full recipe here

Dry Martini

Noel's-Silver-Dry-Gin-Martini

My personal favourite. Full recipe here.

Earl Grey Gin Martini

More like a Mar-tea-ni. Full recipe here.

Breakfast Martini

Gin for breakfast? Why not. Full recipe here.

Sake-tini

Jinzu gin saketini

Sake and gin go together so well! Full recipe here.

Gibson

Gibson martini 58 gin

The garnish is a bonus! Full recipe here.

Bronx

Bronx

Ranked number three in “The World’s 10 Most Famous Cocktails in 1934”! Full recipe here

The Third Degree

Third degree

Take your pick from a third or fourth (!) degree. Full recipe here.

The Puritan

Puritan

A late 19th Century cocktail. Full recipe here.

Hanky Panky

Ada Coleman’s classic! Full recipe here.

Rolls Royce

ROLLS ROYCE

The Savoy Cocktail book strikes again! Full recipe here.

Usual Suspects

The Usual Suspects

A beautiful cocktail that Jim Meehan created for his bar PDT in New York. Full recipe here.

Astoria

Astoria

An Old Tom gin based martini. Full recipe here.

Spring Forward

Spring Forward

Sasha Petraske’s riff on a Gibson. Full recipe here.

Marguerite

Marguerite Cocktail

A precursor to the dry martini. Full recipe here.

Martinez

martinez
A Martinez, enjoyed at the Lui Bar, Melbourne

A delightful blend of gin, vermouth and maraschino liqueur. Full recipe here.

Alaska

Alaska

A classic from the Savoy Cocktail book. Full recipe here.

Tuxedo

Don’t be scared of the absinthe, it’s delicious in this cocktail! Full recipe here.

Which one is your favourite?

If you are interested in the history of the martini, grab yourself a copy of Jared Brown’s book ‘Shaken Not Stirred, A celebration of the martini’

Yuzu Collins

I wasn’t familiar with yuzu until I began exploring Japanese Gins. A type of citrus, yuzu is common in Japanese cooking and is one of the key botanicals in Japanese gin. The flavour is part lime, part grapefruit and you know how much I love grapefruit and gin together!

Yuzu

The Collins is a classic cocktail from the  late 1800s having been first recorded in Jerry Thomas’ Bartender’s Guide in 1874. A Tom Collins is usually made with gin and lemon juice , but I thought a yuzu collins made with Ki No Bi Japanese gin would work well. And I was right!

Ingredients for a Yuzu Collins

45ml gin (I used Ki No Bi)
30ml yuzu juice (found in Asian supermarkets)
15ml sugar syrup
60ml Soda

How to make a Yuzu Collins

Shake the gin, yuzu juice and sugar syrup together in an ice-filled shaker. Add ice to a high ball glass, strain contents of shaker into the glass and top up with soda water. Enjoy!

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4 Valentine tipples to woo your (gin) lover

I’ve never been one for Valentine’s Day, so I’m celebrating my one true love, gin, with four Valentine tipples to woo your (gin) lover.

Rosie Lee (main picture)

Infusing gin is a not-so-secret hobby of mine (check out my recipes for Earl Grey tea infused gin or Rhubarb). This stunning cocktail inspired from a recipe in the PDT cocktail book uses rose tea infused gin.

The Usual Suspects

The Usual Suspects

I love martinis, but not everyone does. This version from Hendrick’s has the addition of Lillet Blanc, making it much more approachable.

Chocolate Negroni

Who doesn’t love receiving chocolate on Valentine’s Day? Choose from either a Chocolate Negroni or a 20th Century cocktail for your sweetheart.

Twentieth Century Cocktail

What’s your favourite Valentine’s Day cocktail?

Chocolate Negroni

 

My obsession with Negroni continues and this Chocolate version by industry legend, Naren Young (owner of Dante in New York) is particularly good – rich without being overly sweet.

Ingredients for the Chocolate Negroni

30ml gin (I used Beefeater)
¾ oz Campari
¾ oz sweet vermouth (I used Antica Formula)
2 dashes chocolate bitters (optional – I used orange bitters)
¼ oz white crème de cacao
Orange twist and/or a wedge of chocolate orange (for garnish)

Method

Stir down the ingredients over ice. Strain into a rocks glass and garnish as preferred.

Gin egg nog

Traditionally, egg nog is served warm, and sipped while you toast your toes in front of a roaring log fire, which would be fine, if I wasn’t living in Australia where you can cook your eggs on the pavement during December

Still, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without egg nog, and although rum, brandy or bourbon are the usual spirits. I’m making mine with…SURPRISE! gin!

The first Egg Nog recipe can be served warm or cold, in fact mine is chilling down in the fridge as we speak. The second recipe is almost a flip rather than an egg nog, but is a good option if you are pressed for time.

If you are concerned about raw eggs in cocktails, Bartender magazine has an interesting explainer article here. Also, for my vegan friends, this looks like a good option.

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Adding a little nutmeg.

Traditional egg nog (adapted from this recipe)

Ingredients

170ml Four Pillars Christmas Gin
500ml Milk
250mL Cream
3 Eggs, separated
1/2 Cup of sugar
Cinnamon
Nutmeg

Method

  1. Whisk the egg yolks with sugar in a mixing bowl
  2. Gently heat milk and cinnamon in a saucepan over a low heat for 5 minutes
  3. Add the egg yolk mixture to the saucepan, slowly folding it in
  4. Stir constantly and don’t allow to boil
  5. Slowly add the gin, cream and nutmeg, stirring continuously.

 

Serve hot garnished with a cinnamon quill, or refrigerate overnight and serve cold over ice topped with a sprinkle of nutmeg or brown sugar.

Quick egg nog

Ingredients

30ml Citadelle No Mistake Old Tom gin
15ml Cognac
20ml simple syrup
90ml Almond milk
30ml Heavy cream
1 Egg

Method

Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker without ice and shake vigorously. Add ice and continue to shake until chilled. Strain into a rocks glass and garnish with star anise.

The Gin Queen’s Christmas Gift Guide 2017

In another life, I’d be a professional shopper. I love seeking out the perfect gifts for friends and family. If you haven’t finished (or started) your Christmas shopping yet, my Christmas Gift Guide might be what you need! As ever, I’m not paid to promote these, I’ve just picked things I’d love to see in my stocking on Christmas morning!

Something to read

Mr Lyan’s Good Together

If you enjoyed Ryan Chetiyawardana’s first book; Good things to drink, you’ll love this. It’s chock-full of fabulous drinks and food pairings for you and your friend stop enjoy.

RRP: $30.75 Order via Booktopia 

Meehan’s The Bartender Manual

 

 

Jim Meehan has been at the top of the cocktail game since opening his bar PDT in New York. The PDT cocktail book is one of my favourites, but is about to be replaced by his latest book, Meehan’s Bartender Manual. It crammed full insights into bartending, includes contributions from esteemed colleagues and lots of recipes of you to try. Perfect for the bar geek or enthusiastic amateur.

RRP: $49.95 Order via Booktopia 

Rich Woods: The Cocktail Guy

 

I had the goof fortunate to interview Rich a couple of years ago and try several of his drinks. Incredibly creative and innovative (Nutella negroni anyone?), Rich’s drinks are a little out of the reach of most home-bartenders, but this book is still a fascinating read. Now, to start saving for a Rotovap…

RRP: $30.25 Order via Booktopia 

Something to wear

Esa Evan Gin necklace

 

Esa Evans Gin Necklace

 

RRP $35 Order here

Gin Commodity Fragrance

I’ve been wearing this at every opportunity this year! Commodity Gin Eau de Parfum is part of Commodity’s Black Collection, which includes scents that are complex, intense, and moody. This is a fresh and woodsy scent that can be worn by men and women.Key Notes: Juniper Berry, Lime, Ginger Leaf

RRP $29.95 (30ml) Available instore from  Sephora

663toZERO T-shirt

Spoiling our loved ones is part of Christmas, but how about sparing a few dollars for a good cause? Mitch Horrocks, launched 663toZero this year to focus on helping Ugandans have access to clean water. Sales from this T-shirt go directly to support this initiative.

RRP $40 Order here.

Something to use

Gin Cushion

This fun cushion from Kelly Connor Designs can be personalised. There is also an awesome tote bag available too!

 

$43.50 + free AU shipping. Order here.

Waterford Crystal Lismore Black Cocktail Pair

My inner-goth swooned when I spotted these beauties. A little Morticia Adams? Maybe, but I would love to sip a martini from these.

 

RRP: $399 David Jones

Waterford Crystal Elegance Optic Champagne Belle Coupe Pair

Beautiful, contemporary design, perfect for martinis, Bees Knees, French 75s…you get he idea

RRP $99.95 Waterford Crystal

Tiffany Sterling Silver Crazy Straw

 

Yes, yes, it is a CRAZY amount to spend on a straw. But it *is* from Tiffany, plus you’ll be doing your bit for the environment! WIN WIN!

RRP $415 from Tiffany

Something to drink

 

TRUE NORTH SPIRIT KITS

Have a spirits geek in the family? Why not gift them a special spirit kit from True North? Beautifully packaged and carefully curated, you can choose from Whisky Voyager or Gin Voyager. Each kit contains 5 x 50ml samples and information on each.If you really want to make an impression you can sign up as a member to receive exclusive monthly spirits kits.

RRP $99.99 from True North

The Antique Collection ~The Everleigh Bottling Company

A truly special gift. The Antique collection showcases classic drinks made with specially sourced antique spirits from 1950 to 1980. Featuring a 1950s martini, a 1960s vesper, a 1970s negroni and a 1980s Robbie Burns. This is a limited edition set so be quick.

RRP $249 from The Everleigh Bottling Co.

Pearly Negroni

Ryan Chetiyawardana is renowned for his stylish bars (Dandelyan, White Lyan (now closed), Super Lyan and his new restaurant/bar Cub) and incredible cocktails, but he’s also got a lovely way of putting food and drink together.

His new book, Good Together is dedicated to creating the perfect gathering at home, surrounded by friends, delicious food and tasty drinks. Many of the drinks (including this one) can be pre-batched in advance giving you more time with your guests.

With the summer here and Christmas around the corner, the Pearly Negroni is the perfect cooler and would make an excellent welcome drink for party guests.

Best of all as the base is pre-batched, you’ll also have white negroni ready to go at a minutes notice!

Pearly Negroni

Ingredients (makes 1 bottle) for Pearly Negroni

300ml London Dry Gin (I used Jensen’s London Dry)

1 unwaxed, organic lemon

150ml Lillet Blanc

200ml Suze (or other gentian liqueur)

Chilled grapefruit soda

mandarin or other aromatic citrus to garnish

How to make Pearly Negroni

Infuse the gin with the zest of lemon for 2 hours, then strain

Add Lillet Blanc and Suze, then bottle

To serve, use small glasses, add ice and mandarin slice. Add 40ml of the negroni base to each glass and top with grapefruit soda. Garnish with more citrus.

Enjoy!

Gin Gifts for Dad

Father’s Day is coming up in Australia, so I’ve put together some ideas for Gin Gifts for Dad.

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Tatty Devine Gilbert and George Gin Cufflinks

Carry -On-Cocktail-Kit-Gin-and-Tonic

 

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GILBERT AND GEORGE GIN BOTTLE CUFFLINKS BY TATTY DEVINE

Inspired by art duo Gilbert & George and their artistic approach to drink, these cufflinks are a button-through style, with a Tatty Devine plectrum fastening. Also available as a necklace.

Via The Gin Queen Shop.

Enright’s Gin Company Grooming Kit

Featuring gin scented hair paste and hand wash.

Available from Enright’s Gin Company

Calibrate Gin and Tonic Pocket Square

Dad will look super fancy wearing this divine pocket square (Available from Nordstrom)

gin gifts for dad

Negroni/Martini pins from Love and Victory

These pins have been flying out of the Gin Queen store since I began stocking them. Dad will love one or both of these on his lapel.

 

Available from The Gin Queen Shop

 

NEVER NEVER GIN

The newest Australian gin  from Adelaide will not disappoint if your dad is a juniper junkie like me.  I’ll be doing a review in the coming weeks, but all you need to know right now is that Triple juniper gin is freaking delicious! (the juniper is treated in three separate ways, partially steeped, partially in the pot and partially in the vapour, hence the name!

Available from Never Never Distilling.

gin gifts for dad

 

Jo Malone Black Cedarwood & Juniper Cologne 100ml

Described as Midnight rain. Seductive with the carnal touch of cumin and chilli leaves. Dark with cedarwood. Humid with moss. Modern and urban.

Via David Jones

gin gifts for dad

Gumball Poodle Gin Crew Socks Blue/Yellow

OK, so socks for Dad are a bit passé, but how great are these?

gin gifts for dad

Via Dugg.com.au

 

 

NACHTMANN
Punk Long Drink x4

I adore these The Nachtmann NextGen line PUNK highball glasses which have has been developed in cooperation with the world-famous arts and design college Central Saint Martins in London. An edgy way to serve up your G&Ts!Available from David Jones.

gin gifts for dad

(NOTE: I HAVEN’T BEEN PAID TO ENDORSE THESE PRODUCTS, THEY ARE JUST THINGS I THOUGHT YOU’D LIKE!)
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Grapefruit and Rosemary Gin with Ginger Ale

Gin is a fantastic spirit for making infusions (try my Earl Grey Tea, Raspberry or rhubarb gin recipes) and this Grapefruit and Rosemary Gin with Ginger Ale from Ryan Chetiyawardana’s book Good Things to Drink is another to add to your repertoire.

Grapefruit and rosemary often pop up as gin botanicals (Melbourne Gin company and Gin Mare are examples) as well as making fantastic garnishes in a G&T. Together they make a fantastic infusion and on a cold winter day in Melbourne I felt positively mediterranean sipping on this!

The best thing about this particular infusion is that it doesn’t take too long for the flavours to be extracted, in fact, Ryan suggests no more than a day. As someone lacking in patience, I was very happy with the result after a couple of hours!

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Ingredients for the Grapefruit and Rosemary gin

3 grapefruits

100g sugar

2 sprigs of rosemary

1 bottle of London Dry gin

Method

Peel the grapefruits. Add peel to a clean, airtight glass container with the rosemary, sugar, and gin. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Leave to infuse for a few hours (no more than a day), then strain into a bottle and keep refrigerated.

Serving Grapefruit and Rosemary Gin with Ginger Ale

Add 50ml to a Collins (highball) glass and add ice. Top up with chilled ginger ale (I used Fentimans ginger beer as I had some to hand) and a grapefruit slice.

Enjoy!

Too Soon

If you haven’t yet bought a copy of Sasha Petraske’s book Regarding Cocktails, then do it now. It’s full of exquisite cocktails created by Sasha and the many renowned bartenders who worked and learned with him at Milk and Honey.

Too Soon was created by Sam Ross (Attaboy, New York and creator of the world-famous Penicillin) and features the underrated Cynar, an aperativo that I’ve been learning to love. This bitter-sweet Italian liqueur is made with 13 herbs and botanicals, with artichoke being the predominant flavour. Don’t that put you off though! This cocktail is deliciously fresh with sweetness of the orange balanced nicely with the Cynar.

Too Soon

Ingredients for a Too Soon

30ml gin

30ml Cynar

22 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice

15ml simple syrup

2 thin slices of orange

Too Soon

Method

Shake all the ingredients in an ice-filled shaker until cold. Strain into a chilled coupe.

Enjoy!