Serve in aMartini glass
Lime zest twist
How to make:
SHAKE all ingredients with ice and fine strain into chilled glass.
|2 fl oz||Hayman's London Dry Gin|
|1/2 fl oz||Fiorente Elderflower liqueur|
|1/2 fl oz||Chardonnay (Chablis) white wine|
|1/4 fl oz||Dry vermouth|
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An aromatic, dry blend. Modern bartending convention would suggest that this drink should be stirred. However, it's much better shaken. Go easy with the spray of lime zest oils - this delicate drink is easily overpowered with any more than a fine mist.
Left Bank hints at the use of wine in the recipe as the term usually refers to the region below the Gironde Estuary in Bordeaux encompassing the Médoc with St-Julien and Margaux. However, in this case, the name refers to Saint-Germain-des-Prés, a district on the left bank (south) of the River Seine in Paris.
Created in 2006 by yours truly at the Cabinet Room in London for the launch of St-Germain elderflower liqueur, originally using Sauvignon Blanc rather than Chardonnay (but both work well, as indeed does any dry white wine). In 2013, I also reduced the elderflower liqueur from ¾ shot to ½ shot and the vermouth from ½ to a ¼ shot.
Martini cocktail and its evolution
One serving of Left Bank Martini contains 175 calories.