No other drink captures that moment, when the short arm strikes six (or indeed five if you’ve had a really horrible day) more magnificently. Staggeringly simple yet deceptively difficult to master, the Martini is unashamedly brazen in its booziness, transparent in both appearance and intention; clean-lined yet complex, a v-shaped salute to the tribulations, trudge and tyranny of modern life – and rightly considered as the king of the classic cocktails.
The tidal swell of gin varieties could easily overwhelm anyone trying to make a manageable selection for their backbar. Of course, drowning in gin might be the best way to slink off this mortal coil, but if you’re trying to keep your head above the spirit, you might wonder how best to surf the hundreds of choices.
Alex Walker is currently tending bar at the critically acclaimed and award-winning Beaufort Bar in the Savoy, and recently won the UK Beefeater MIXLDN 7 Cocktail Competition. Here he tells us what he loves about gin and gives an insight on the concept behind his award-winning drink.
While Joanne Moore describes herself as an ‘accidental’ distiller, it is more accurate to accentuate the 'master' in her job title. When it comes to gin, the creative force behind G&J Distillers has a portfolio of stunning gins to live up to that title.
Gin has endured a roller coaster ride since its inception. From fashionable after-dinner tummy trouble reliever, to the scourge of London, right the way to becoming the backbone of some of the most enduring and classic cocktails of our time.
Winning with Gin
One of the country’s most talented bartenders and the World Class GB Bartender of the Year 2017. Now director of drinks for the innovative Scotch+Limon, Jamie Jones has a passion for gin and knows how to use it.
Recently awarded an MBE, after celebrating a 50th anniversary as a distiller, the legendary gin maker Desmond Payne is one of the most iconic figures in the drinks industry. Here he gives his views on the current golden age of gin and celebrates the MIXLDN Bartending competition, which has become a measure of mixing prowess.