My Cocktail of choice – The Classic Martini – Gin

Images from the Mingle Bar and Cafe, Ubud, Bali. Dec 2017. The perfect way to start a night out in downtown Ubud.

Mingle Bar and Cafe, Ubud, Bali. Dec 2017

My Cocktail of choice during our Ubud break was The Classic Martini – Gin, this is what I settled on after a great deal of research. We did try some of the local wine, the Rosé was drinkable but not that flash. So on a lot of nights you could find us at our table at Mingle Bar where Anon made his way through the cocktail menu and I sat happily with The Classic.

Gin Martini
With that signature olive garnish, there’s no cocktail as iconic as this one. This gin martini recipe is simple, sophisticated and delicious.

A shaker or stirring glass
A bar spoon (or teaspoon)
A strainer
Cocktail glass
1 part vermouth
5 part Bombay Sapphire gin
Ice (for mixing)
To garnish: Green olive or lemon rind
How to mix
Chill your cocktail glass (the easiest way is to fill it with ice)
Add plenty of ice and the vermouth to your shaker/stirring glass and stir to make sure the ice is coated with vermouth, then use your strainer to pour away the excess
Add the Bombay Sapphire to the shaker/stirring glass and stir the mixture for about 30 seconds to chill and dilute
Strain into the chilled cocktail glass and garnish with either a twist of lemon peel or some green olives. If you’re using olives, try to use ones that aren’t oily

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  1. Considering my gin collection is much larger than my vodka collection I wanted to put my spin on this 1980s New York classic and opted to start with a gin based martini. Which gin? Whilst you could use any gin sitting in your drinks cabinet for this recipe (Gordon’s and Bombay Sapphire instantly spring to mind). But, I’d definitely recommend a lighter, more floral gin like Bloom, Hendricks or Gin Mare. Something more spicy like a Monkey 47 or Ophir might be a bit much but by their nature any gin will hold up well against the sweet fruits. The vermouth you choose is less important. A sweet vermouth will work in harmony with the sweet flavours of the fruit but a dry vermouth will support the gin and help avoid the cocktail being too sickly. I opt for a dry white vermouth but you can use your own judgement here.

  2. Agree Loz, best drink in the world, except in my case swap gin for vodka (Sipsmith Vodka is brilliant but hard to get) and triple number of green olives.. Had my first ever martini with the late, great Robert Haupt, and was introduced to my favourite version, the very dry, very cold, three olive vodka martini by my husband Peter. Did we partake in Russia way back? I can only remember being very cold and hungry!!

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      Sal I think it was Vodka shots, straight up and lot of them on that Russia trip…don’t forget the deadly Armagnac tasting and bottles of wine shared with
      the KGB. Will try and chase down some Sipsmith Vodka. We must sit and share one….very soon xx

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