Tonight you wont find us drinking from the bottle or sipping on gin and juice - we're going fancy for the bank holiday weekend. Everyone should know what a real cocktail tastes like, so stock up on the basics and add the shiny extras as and when you need them. All you really need is access to a supermarket and a cocktail shaker, and even that can be avoided if you have a jug, a shot glass to measure and a spoon to mix. Just promise you won’t buy the cheapest alcohol available and we’ll get along famously.
We may as well start with the classic. Possibly the simplest to make – you only really need one ingredient as the vermouth is arguably optional – and the end result is so smooth you’ll drink two before you can blink. Just one word of warning: ignore Mr Bond because the martini is best stirred, not shaken.
- 5 parts good quality gin
- 1 part vermouth
- optional drop or two of orange bitters
- stir through with ice and strain into a martini glass
- a queen olive or twist of lemon to garnish