I think I have professed my love of ginger here a few times. Something about the spicy zing it adds to cocktails makes me a happy drinker. And isn’t happy drinkers what we all want to be? Anyway, I’ve continued my love affair with this root by creating this ginger martini. I hope you love it as much as I do.
This ginger martini all started with a bottle of Martin Miller’s Gin. It is a small batch gin that is pot distilled in England. It is then either shipped to Iceland to be blended with Icelandic spring water or the spring water is shipped to England to be blended. Either way, the finished product is blended with Icelandic spring water which Martin Miller says on their website is “unbelievably pure and soft.”
Martin Miller’s Gin has a lovely citrus taste to it along with notes of licorice, cucumber and of course, juniper. I’ve enjoyed it neat, in a gin and tonic, in this ginger martini and in a few other cocktail recipes which I’ll share soon (yeah, you should sign up for our newsletter now so you get those recipes right in your inbox when we post them – you know it’s the smart thing to do).
I was looking through the cocktail recipes in Gary Regan’s book, The Joy of Mixology and found one called the Pacific Rim Martini. It’s a simple combination of gin or vodka with ginger liqueur and garnished with piece of candied ginger. It was a really good cocktail but I wanted to tweak it a little. Because, well – why not?
So, I added a few dashes of cardamom bitters to it and a lemon twist for garnish. There was a nice spicy punch from the ginger. The citrus of the gin came through and I loved the added bump of flavor from the cardamom bitters. Let’s just say this was one drink I didn’t share with the husband. He was on his own.Ginger Martini
- 2 ounces Martin Miller’s Gin
- ½ ounce ginger liqueur
- 2 to 3 dashes cardamom bitters, adjusted to taste
- Lemon twist for garnish
- Add all ingredients except the twist to a mixing glass with ice.
- Stir to chill and strain into a chilled martini glass.
- Garnish with a lemon twist and enjoy.
- Sharing not recommended so you should double the recipe if your significant other wants a drink as well.