For our version of the Martini we have replaced the traditional dry vermouth with the little know but delicious French fortified wine Pineau de Charentes, which tastes kind of like a combination of dessert wine and Cognac. Keep it in the fridge, you only need a little bit to make this drink, so you can enjoy a glass of it on its own, before lunch or after dinner… maybe alongside the cheese board!
Martini style cocktails are the drinks where one can really appreciate the intricacies of a gin. This one is a little sweeter than a traditional Martini but the sweetness is somewhat tempered by the drinks icy coldness. We wrap together a strip of parsnip and a twist of lemon peel and pin it with a cocktail stick for an elegant garnish which compliments the flavour of the drink.
Director’s Cut No. 4 Martini
50 mls Director’s Cut No. 4 (buy here)
12.5 mls Pineau de Charentes
3 drops Orange Bitters
Stir all the ingredients with ice in a cocktail mixing glass for a good twenty seconds then strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a twist of lemon peel and a strip of fresh pear.