The English English Martini
No, that’s not a typo. If you are going to make an English Martini, do make sure you make it with a little drop of England’s heart.
Two measures (50ml) of gin, one measure (25ml) St Maur Elderflower Liqueur, a sprig of fresh rosemary. The ratio 2:1 of gin to St Maur can be adjusted to taste depending on how you like your Martini, sweet to dry. You may see recipes for English Martini which suggest other elderflower liqueurs, but if you want your English Martini to be English, you can’t get more English than St Maur, from the Heart of England. The hero in the cocktail is the elderflower, and St Maur has a generous elderflower nose and flavour.
When it comes to Martinis, call us old fashioned if you wish, but we’re definitely with Harry MacElhone – show off your Martini action, shake it. Rosemary has a pungent and strong essence, so use a small pinched sprig of fresh rosemary. Muddle the rosemary at the bottom of the shaker to release its flavour, then fill up the shaker with ice cubes. Add the gin and St Maur, and shake well. We recommend a Parisian shaker (to minimise ice breakage and dilution of the Martini). Strain into an ice cold Martini glass, decorate, and serve. Garnish for appearance and decoration, rather than to add to the mix, so don’t go putting olives in this drink. In the image we have used a rosemary flower.
This cocktail has also been featured by The Cocktail Service