Handy guide to mixing popular cocktails: No.1 Martinis

This is the first in an occasional series on the mixing of cocktails.

Why, you might, reasonably, ask? Well, a number of years ago while on a conference in Amsterdam I ordered a gin-based White Lady cocktail from a well stocked upmarket hotel bar. Now, the White Lady that was made for me was truly heavenly. Sadly, no matter how many I’ve had since – not that many since you ask – have ever been equal to my memory of that original cocktail. I’ve therefore concluded that there’s no definitive authority of the mixing of cocktails

I think when seeing all the drinks behind a bar in their many colours and in strangely shaped bottles, it’s easy to give into the temptation to order something exotic. Also, it’s fun to challenge a barman, and to get them into conversation.

So, here’s the first of my series  cocktail recipes. This one on Martinis is from Jack de Manio – a past presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. Before joining the BBC, Jack de Manio spent some years in the catering business in leading hotels in London and Europe. [Click on image to expand]

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