12 drinks of Christmas – The Gin Martini

A definite contender for the ‘king of cocktails’ title, we’re half way through our series and onto the classic Gin Martini.


  • 60ml gin
  • 10ml vermouth


Fill a shaker with ice, pour in the gin and vermouth, stir or shake for 40 seconds and strain into a martini glass.

A cocktail this simple and this focussed on the gin deserves something special. One of our firm favourites is Williams Chase Great British Extra Dry Gin (£30 for 75cl).

Top tip

Fresh and citrussy? Spicy and dry? Smooth and elegant? If you’re a fan of gin, trying different styles could uncover a new favourite

Bathtub Gin by Professor Cornelius Ampleforth 70cl £32.95

Made in small batches with botanicals such as cinnamon, orange peel, clove, coriander and cardamom for a wonderfully fresh flavour.

Tanqueray London Dry Gin 1L £23

Distilled four times for exceptional purity and smoothness, Tanqueray’s recipe creates the perfect balance of juniper, coriander, liquorice and angelica.

Juniper Green Organic Gin 70cl £16.90

This dry, aromatic and zestful gin, distilled in Clapham (using 100% organic juniper, coriander, angelica root and savoy) holds the honour of being the world’s first organic London dry gin.

From Ocadolife magazine

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