Words by: Simon Difford
We are delighted to be part of Martell Cognac’s 300th anniversary celebrations with our quest to find the best 300 cognac cocktails - one for every year of Martell's history. Known as the 'Martell 300 for 300 Cocktail Showcase' we’ll be displaying these 300 cocktails in a special area here on Difford’s Guide.
Many thanks to all those who have already submitted their recipe. The campaign is now closed for submissions.
Matthias Lataille, Brand Ambassador for Martell Cognac, and myself will be making and assessing each cocktail. We've already tried nearly 100 Martell cocktails and from those we chose the following three which were showcased at an exclusive Martell 300th anniversary party at the French Ambassador's residence in London.
The Addington by Guy Butler, Muddlers, London
Garnish: Lemon swathe
Method: STIR all ingredients with ice and fine strain into chilled glass.
45ml Martell VS Cognac
22.5ml Cocchi Vermouth di Torino
10ml Benedictine DOM liqueur
1 dash Bokers Bitters
Repose 1912 by Simone Ditadi, Hilton Birmingham Metropole, Birmingham
Garnish Grapefruit zest twist
Method: STIR first 5 ingredients with ice and strain into chilled glass. TOP with champagne.
20ml Martell VS cognac
1 spoon White sugar
10ml Balsamic Vinegar
2 drops Chocolate bitters
2 drops Grapefruit bitters
Top with Mumm Cordon Rouge champagne
Thin Pink Line by Sean Fennelly, Milk & Honey, London
Garnish: Lemon zest twist (discarded)
Method: SHAKE first 5 ingredients with ice and strain back into shaker. DRY SHAKE (without ice) and fine strain into chilled glass. Float Peychaud's bitters on surface of drink. (After about a minute, a 'Thin Pink Line' of bitters develops below the foam.
50ml Martell VSOP cognac
20ml Lemon juice
20ml Egg white
10ml Sugar syrup (1:1)
5ml Peychaud's bitters (to be floated)
All those whose cocktails are selected as part of the '300 for 300' will receive a very special limited edition 300th anniversary bottle of Martell Cordon Bleu with a personal letter signed by Benoit Fil, the Martell Master Distiller. The ten bartenders with the best recipes (selected at the end of December) will each be featured with their own profile page here on Difford's Guide. *Update* They will also receive VIP access to the Martell Visitor Centre in the heart of Cognac (travel not included).