Left Bank Martini

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Serve in a

Martini glass

Garnish:

Lime zest twist

How to make:

SHAKE all ingredients with ice and fine strain into chilled glass.

2 fl oz Rutte Dry Gin
1/2 fl oz St-Germain elderflower liqueur
1/2 fl oz Chardonnay (Chablis) white wine
1/4 fl oz Noilly Prat Extra Dry
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Review:

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.

Variant:

Rocky Left Bank

History:

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

Nutrition:

One serving of Left Bank Martini contains 175 calories.

Alcohol content:

  • 1.8 standard drinks
  • 26.43% alc./vol. (52.86° proof)
  • 25.8 grams of pure alcohol
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