Martini Porn for World Gin Day

Happy World Gin Day everyone. To whet your appetites I’ve put together a selection of some martini images from the last few months. If you fancy making your own tonight, here is my guide.

Enjoy!

 
Lemon Drop Martini during a London Spring sunset. 

  

  
A classic martini, the most elegant of drinks.

 

Channeling Danish hygge at my aunty’s house.

  
A selection of classics with plenty of nibbles.

  
A classic with many olives. 

  
A lychee martini.

  
Classic martinis.

  

“No lace. No lace, Mrs. Bennet, I beg you!” – a classic Pride and Prejudice quote that had to go with this martini and doily at home.

  
As you may have noticed, martinis go well with candlelight.

  
A classic with Japanese peanut snacks.

  
A Gibson martini.

  
More candlelight, this time with a hot and dirty martini, complete with ice still attached to the glass from the freezer.


And finally, an optimistic classic on a London summer evening.

Have a good weekend and enjoy World Gin Day responsibly!

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Spherical ice

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I treated myself to some spherical ice moulds. Despite them having the appearance of something extravagant, they were actually quite cheap.

I bought them online from Tovolo/Amazon for about £9 and they were delivered within a couple of days. On arrival I eagerly filled them with water and put them in the freezer.

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The finished effect is quite dramatic. The ice also takes a long time to melt, so it cools your drink without diluting it.

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Although note that you will need a glass at least 7cm wide. A heavy whisky tumbler would be ideal.

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The only glass I had to hand that was big enough was a martini glass. Nonetheless, it was quite fun to use.

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Hmm. Who does this remind me of?

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Oh yes. David Bowie with his crystal balls (and overly tight trousers) in the 1980s film Labyrinth.

Frozen glass

A nice frozen glass really adds to a martini. It helps keep the alcohol chilled after serving and it’s visually appealing.

As I’ve mentioned before, when the glasses have been in the freezer for a few hours, I might sprinkle water on them to add to the layer of ice. However, I recently treated myself to a small water sprayer to enhance the process. It’s just a small, cheap plastic thing but it does the trick. Fill it up with water and spray it evenly around the outside of the glasses (but only after they’ve been in the freezer and have frozen already). Put the glasses back in the freezer for at least 10-15 minutes before serving, although I often spray the water several hours before martini o’clock.

The finished product is much more attractive and it stays cold for longer. It’s also nice to watch the ice exterior change shape and gradually melt as you drink.

The one downside is that as the ice melts, it dribbles down and could end up dripping into your clothing.

It’s worth it nonetheless.

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The Martini Glass

I begin with the basics. For reasons I do not understand, a martini must be drunk from the glass which is easiest to spill from and the easiest to break.

If you’re too drunk, you might end up spilling the martini before you get the chance to drink it – although this may be a blessing in disguise.

I imagine that the long stem allows the drinker to hold the chilled glass without getting cold fingers and without warming up the contents.

I wash my martini glasses by hand. I have lost several to the washing machine. There is also something ceremonial about rinsing them out one by one.

Once clean, I then rinse them under a cold tap (or bottled water if you are located in a country where the tap water is not drinkable). I then store the glasses in the freezer, for reasons I shall explain later.

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