When I began researching all the martinis for this series, I almost overlooked the Sweet Martini. I prefer my cocktails on the dry, bitter end of the flavour spectrum and thought that this martini was not for me.
However, as I’m progressing through the 30 martinis for 30 days exercise, I’m learning to appreciate that different styles of martinis really do work with your mood or the time of day. Dry martinis are an excellent choice after a long day and lift my spirits like no other cocktail can. However, rather like a negroni, which I like after a meal or at the end of an evening out, the Sweet Martini has a place.
I decided to use, Artemis, a new Australian gin from Seb and Derv Reaburn (full review to follow). I cheated a little in my choice of vermouth, using Punt e Mes as it has a a little bitterness and the two complemented each other well to create a well-balanced drink with the just the right amount of sweetness.
Ingredients for a Sweet Martini
Maraschino cherry for garnish
Place ingredients in a mixing glass, add ice and stir for 45-50 seconds until chilled. Double strain into a cold cocktail glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry.