Gin is a wonderful spirit and perfect for fresh cocktails with bite - ideal for summer drinking in London. One of my favourite Gins is Hayman's Old Tom Gin. Harry Johnson€™s famous €˜Bartender Manual€™ of 1882 listed Old Tom Gin as an €˜essential liquor required in the bar room.€™ Now that is history and heritage! 

Martinez

The Martinez is the precursor to the original Martini, created by famous bartender Jerry Thomas in 1862,  San Francisco. 

1 part of Hayman€™s Old Tom Gin

1 dash Bitters

2 dashes Maraschino Liqueur (cherry liqueur)

2 parts sweet Vermouth

Shake well and strain into a martini glass and garnish with a slice of lemon. Try this at home or challenge one of the best London cocktail bars to make one for you! 

Martinez