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Celebrate National Martini Day with Cotswolds Dry Gin on 19 June 2020. Martini is a delicious blend of gin, vermouth (fortified wine) and ice. There are different variations of a Martini, a 'Wet Martini' is one with a greater ratio of vermouth to gin whereas a 'Dry Martini' means more gin and less vermouth are added. A 'Bone Dry Martini' is the preferred choice, just pure gin and no vermouth. To make a Martini, you can either shake the ingredients together or stir them down, a shaken Martini is well known as being James Bond's cocktail of choice. Here, global brand ambassador of the Cotswolds Distillery, Oliver Morris, tells us why he thinks Cotswolds Dry Gin works so well in a Martini.
“The perfect Martini is a Cotswolds Dry Martini that is stirred down with ice, using a ratio of 5:1 (5 parts Cotswolds Dry Gin to 1 part Vermouth). I recommend using a good quality French Vermouth, such as Dolin as it complements the citrus and herbal flavours of Cotswolds Dry Gin to create a citrussy and spiced finish. Garnishing the Martini will also enhance the freshness of the cocktail whilst bringing out the flavour of grapefruit, which is used in the distillation of Cotswolds Dry Gin.”
He adds, “the Cotswolds Dry Martini is like drinking a cool botanical cloud because Cotswolds Dry Gin is non-chill filtered, meaning the essential oils are retained in the spirit, causing it to go cloudy when ice or tonic is added. Stirred Martinis using other gins will not go cloudy as this is unique to Cotswolds Dry Gin."
Cotswolds Dry Martini - 'A Cool Botanical Cloud'
Cocktail jar (or clean jam jar or a glass bowl)
Fine strainer (or a sieve)