Following the success of last year’s competition, The World’s Best Martini Challenge 2018 final took place at Oslo in Hackney last month. Featuring six finalists and three independent judges – Mark Ludmon of Bar Magazine, Annie Hayes of Master of Malt and Witek Wojaczek of Artesian Bar at The Langham – the evening showcased six innovative takes on the quintessentially British cocktail.
Using Arbikie Gin, this year’s victor was the ‘Showcase Martini’ from bartender Francesco at The Gibson, using Scottish Arbikie Gin. Combining Arbikie AK’s Gin, distilled using fresh honey and wheat farmed at Arbikie, black pepper, mace and cardamom; with sea-herb infused vermouth and smoked liquid, this innovative twist on the Martini is garnished with traditional lemon zest.
55ml Arbikie AK’s gin
8ml sea herb-infused vermouth
2 drops smoked liquid
Lemon zest, to garnish
Chill the Martini glass with dry ice and zest the mixing glass.
Next place chunks of ice into the mixing glass, add all of the ingredients and stir.
Remove the dry ice from the Martini glass and pour the mixture into the glass, adding a piece of lemon zest to garnish.