The gentleman’s martini

Hello fellows,

As the weather gets warmer, it has become important to add a new drink to your alcoholic menagerie – which should currently include (at least) 3 or 4 single malt Islay scotch whiskeys and 4 or 5 single malt Highland scotch whiskeys.


HL Griffith’s drink selection. Note the 6 bottles of gin and vermouth. Some doctors say you need 8 glasses a day


The drink I speak of is, of course, the dry martini. The martini consists of nothing more than gin and vermouth. Contrary to popular culture, it must not have vodka and is never shaken. If someone ever offers you a vodka martini, you should assume they consider you no more than a vagabond and challenge them to a duel.

In fact, Richard Martin – Irish politician in the 18th century – not only had a surname reminiscent of ‘martini’ but also engaged in over 100 duels in his lifetime. We can only presume that he was adamant in his opposition to the vodka martini.


Richard Martin (right) – born Richard Martini – changed his name after he kept being offered vodka martinis. The man on the left’s days are numbered


A martini must be carefully prepared. Start by cascading the dry vermouth over ice and stirring. The vermouth is then poured into the martini glass. Now add gin – and do not be frugal – to the ice, which should now be coated in vermouth. After stirring the gin for 20-30 seconds (if your mouth is watering, and this seems like a lifetime don’t despair, it is usual), we leave the gin for a moment while we dispose of the vermouth. The gin is then poured into the martini glass. After adding a garnish of your choice – an olive or lemon peel – you can now sit back and bask in the beauty of one of the most delicious drinks known to man.


Frans Blom spend the best part of his life searching for a finer drink for a warm evening in the jungles of Mexico. He was not successful


And with that, I wish you a delicious day. May you drink only the finest of drinks and enjoy only the finest of company.

H.L. Griffith