When it comes to cocktails, the martini is practically a household name.Thanks to a certain spy, it's associated with glamour and timeless elegance – although these days many of us know that drinking a martini shaken, not stirred is practically a crime against cocktails.
The martini's story dates back to the 1860s. Made simply with gin, vermouth and a lemon or olive garnish, it demands excellence from every ingredient.
But for all its simplicity, the martini is one of the most complex cocktails ever invented. There are hundreds of stories around its creation, and just as many around how it should be made– although it does all boil down to personal preference.
But that doesn't mean you don't need great building blocks. In honour of World Martini Day, award-winning No.3 Gin is on a mission to teach us how to make the perfect martini.
The gin has gone on to win World's Best Gin four times in a row – so you know this is a brand that takes excellence seriously.
One of the distilling experts behind No.3 Gin, Dr David Clutton, has taken a deep dive into how to best achieve that balance of flavours found in a martini: "You need a great gin, built on top-quality juniper." Much like No.3 Gin...
If you don't fancy mixing your own, No.3 Gin has now launched a pre-bottled Vesper Martini. Simply chill in the freezer for two or three hours, pour into a martini glass and garnish with a twist of orange.
How to Make the Perfect Martini
These top tips will make sure you get a superlative serve every time:
Spirit: Choose a high-quality gin like No.3.
Temperature: Place your gin in the freezer to keep it cold and give your martini a silky texture.
Ice: Never underestimate the importance of ice; store in a sealed container within the freezer, so it doesn't take on any other flavours.
Technique: Always stir your martini to give you greater control over-dilution and avoid aerating your cocktail.
Glass: Choose a martini or coupe style glass for a perfect drinking experience
Garnish: A twist of lemon, when expressed over the top of your martini, adds a lovely citrus aroma as the oils sit atop the cocktail.
For more information: no3gin.com