Bitter and dry, but very tasty. This no namby-pamby drink is traditionally assembled and mixed directly in the glass. There is something about a Negroni
A gin-based Mojito served over cracked ice meets the classic Southside. The result is refreshing and easy drinking.
The orange zest twist makes or breaks this classic, which when properly balanced lets the gin shine supported by herbal vermouth and delicate sweet pomegranate
This is a fantastic, tangy cocktail and dangerously easy to drink - too many of these and you really will be flying.
The combination of honey and lemon suggests flu relief but don't wait for an ailment before trying this soothing concoction. The beneficial addition of
A fairly dry, complex cocktail. Generous sweet vermouth and orange juice make the Bronx less bitter and fruitier than many of its era, but still challenging
Originally made with Riesling Rhine wine, the Cardinale has become a Negroni made with dry vermouth, producing a lighter cocktail than when made with the
A Tangy and fresh Gin Sour without the egg white. A juniper heavy gin and dashes of bitters are key to the success of this sour.
A simple, silky and delicious gin-laced classic with a sour finish.
Basically an Aviation but with a splash of orange juice and a dash of orange bitters in place of creme de violette.
Gin-forward, boozy and bittersweet – as it says on the tin, this is a coffee influenced Negroni – simple as that.
Long sweet 'n' sour coffee.
Smooth, aromatic, fruity and medium sweet.
A riff on a classic Bee's Knees with lime juice. It's snappier with lime instead of lemon.
A very 'wet' but wonderfully Dry Martini which demands an olive, not a twist. Before you start - Craddock calls for it to be shaken, but it's better stirred.
Herbal vermouth flavours pervade this Sopping Wet Martini.
Reputed to be a favourite of HRH Prince Charles.
Three to one may be unfair odds in a fight but vermouth shines in this stirred off-dry Martini. Through experimentation we have found that 3:1 Martinis
A stirred four-to-one Martini is indeed a delicious thing. But is a five-to-one Martini even more delicious? Try both, and perhaps also a three-to-one.
We have chosen a 5:1 ratio as our 'preferred' Dry Martini specification in deference to David Embury who writes of this drink in his The Fine Art of Mixing
Readers of Embury will know he had a bone dry palate and Martinis made to his specification are just that, and with the correct dilution, fabulous.
There's something about shaking a Dry Martini (as opposed to stirring a Martini) that amplifies the vermouth notes meaning that shaken Martinis need less
Bone dry - a superbly cleansing Martini. Through experimentation we have found that 15:1 Martinis are better shaken rather than stirred. Conversely 3:1
A Dry Martini named after Franklin Roosevelt and garnished with two olives.
A Gin Salad is made like a regular Dry Martini but with three olives and two cocktail onions as garnish. They should be pushed onto the stick in the following
More approachable than a stirred Dry Martini and downright soft compared to a Naked Martini.
Simply a Dry Martini with the proportions reversed to make a dripping Wet Martini.
Lightly sweetened gin shaken with fresh aromatic mint.
A 5:1 Dry Martini served without any garnish (i.e. no olive or twist). The name is a reference to Charles Dicken's novel Oliver Twist.
The quantities of gin and vermouth stated in this recipe produce a Dry Martini with a 30:1 ratio of gin to vermouth. A small amount of dilution is achieved
Bone dry, orangey, aptly named Martini.
Salmon-pink and very frothy but surprisingly complex and tasty.
A classic Dry Martini with cocktail onions in place of an olive or a twist.
Remembering both vermouth and gin are flavoured with similar botanicals, they obviously have an affinity for each other. This drink may be simple but made
Everyone has heard of this clean, refreshing, long drink but few have actually tried it.
The balance of bitters to sugar is key to the success of this cocktail. Use a Japanese dasher bitters bottle and measure your 2:1 sugar syrup judiciously
A classic Martini served perfect and very wet. I prefer mine shaken which is the method Harry specifies in his guide.
I've added the merest touch of sugar to the classic recipe and a dash more absinthe to make this old-school cocktail pop. However, approach with caution,
A wet Martini with balanced hints of maraschino and absinthe.
The classic three to one Martini.
Fruity, zesty, delicately herbal orange laced with gin. Modern bartending convention is to stir rather than shake this Martini but it's better shaken,
An aromatic classic Martini served 'perfect' with a hint of orange juice and maraschino.
This is a drink that likes dilution and I'd aim for around almost equal parts water and gin after stirring with ice. A spoon full of sugar certainly helps
A regular Martini, but garnished with two olives instead of one.
A wet Martini made 'easy' by a dash of pomegranate/grenadine syrup.
A gin martini made with sweet vermouth - sweet in name but drier than the cherry garnish might indicate.
Somewhat reminiscent of a frozen gimlet – the combination of gin and lime shines in this freshening swizzle.
Judicious dashing of bitters makes or breaks this riff on the classic Gimlet.
Delicate with subtle hints of mint, orange and gin.
Despite the maraschino liqueur this Martini-style cocktail is dry and punchy.
A Fifty-Fifty Martini with added flavour and aroma thanks to the addition of a trio of bitters, liquor and liqueur.
This rosé coloured Martini is harder and more spirituous than it looks - perhaps why the name?
This could also be termed a Perfect Martini and it could be argued that bald is a perfect hairstyle – at least for us baldies.
We have dramatically cut the Campari and lemon in Mickael's original recipe to make a much lighter drink.
Gin replaces cognac in this variation on the classic Sidecar.
Just as it says on the tin, a sweet 'n' sour coffee.
Basically a Negroni with liqueur replacing sweet vermouth. Like the Italian classic this is both bitter and sweet.
A gin Martini 'dirtied' with pickled gherkin brine and garnished with a pickled gherkin.
A gin based drink that's soured with lemon and sweetened with orange liqueur.
This is one of those drinks that benefits from a little dilution to prevent the citrus and gin becoming too aggressive.
Fruit and botanicals served long and refreshing.
A Gin Sour served over crushed ice in a goblet.
Clean, sharp and refreshing. Please don't serve this in a Collins glass, it should be a short drink served long in a 10oz Highball or Fizz glass.
Sugar balances the citrus juice, the spirit fortifies and the carbonate lengthens.
A 'wet' Martini with bitters.
A fantastically wet, sweet and aromatic Martini.
A shaken Wet (5:1) Martini with orange bitters.
A Fifty Fifty Martini with faintly rust colour inducing bitters and subtly fruity maraschino.
A Bronx with equal parts rosso and dry vermouths and with Angostura in place of orange bitters.
A refreshing balance of sour lemon and sugar, laced with gin and lengthened with soda.
The classic gin and vermouth Dry Martini made not so dry and a bit more approachable with a splash of sugar.
A must-try for anyone who loves Negronis. Perhaps better, certainly easier drinking, when served on-the-rocks.
Fresh, zesty orange with a pleasing twang of alcohol.
This Martinez is aromatic, complex and very dry.
Stir this 'perfect' Martini around and then get merry.
Exactly what the name promises.
This classic cocktail is smooth and aromatic.
An Aviation smoothed by egg white and cream.
Bittersweet, orchard fresh orange charged with gin.
A sophisticated, complex balance of orange and gin.
As the name suggests, this refreshing and fruity long drink is both gin-laced and pink in colour. And yes, it's also fizzy. Well if not out and out fizzy,
A one to one Perfect Martini with extra grenadine sweetness and orange bitters adding complexity.
A properly grown-up Gimlet.
Fresh, fragrant and balanced.
A Bronx made 'silver' by the addition of egg white.
Gin and mint with a splash of lime. If you like Mojitos and you like gin, then you'll also like this cocktail.
Orange and gin with a souring splash of lime juice.
Like some journalists I've met, this gin Martini is bitter and sour.
A variation on the Negroni. More gin and less Campari make for an unusual bittersweet Martini.
A dry, orangey, herbal, gin-laced concoction.
Pleasant, creamy, sweetened gin.
Basically a very wet Sweet Martini.
A White Lady in a sugar-rimmed glass with the addition of a dash of grenadine and substituting lemon juice for lime.
Gin and herbal vermouth with zippy zesty orange.
Sweet coffee and orange smoothed by a creamy top. A veritable dessert in a glass. (Better when made with a dry coffee liqueur.)
Not particularly French or sherbety - just a fresh orange wake up call.
Bone dry but botanically rich.
A well-diluted shaken Dry Martini. However, seems like a waste of good vermouth.
Aromatic vermouth dominates but gin botanicals put up a spirited defence in this flavoursome 'medium' Martini.
Gin sweetened with liqueur and grenadine, and soured with lime.
The high proportion of vermouth makes this Martini almost sherry-like.
Dry and aromatic - for serious imbibers only.
Gin laced, mint flavoured, traditional lemonade.
A minty Perfect Martini which is made more widely appreciable by the addition of half a barspoon of sugar syrup.
A drink for the Campari aficionado: bittersweet and strong.
All editorial and photography on diffordsguide.com is copyright protected
© Odd Firm of Sin 2021