THE FIG MARTINEZ BOX
SEPTEMBER 2020 - SUMMER COLLECTION, EPISODE 3:
- Asterley Bros ESTATE Vermouth
- HYKE Gin
- Pedro Ximenez
- Fig Liqueur
- Orange Bitters
WHAT'S IN THE BOX?
- 2 / 4 / 10 x Cocktail Serves
- 2 x 50ml serves of HYKE Gin
- 1 x 200ml London Essence Grapefruit Tonic
- 2 x 25ml serves Mystery Amaro
- 1 x Soffles Sun-Dried Tomato Pitta Chips
- 1 x Mr Filbert's Chilli & Fennel Roasted Nuts
- 1 x Limited Edition Artwork by Ryan Gajda
SO WHAT IS A MARTINEZ?
Thought to be the ‘Father’ of the Martini, or at least acknowledged to have had a huge amount of influence on it, the Martinez’s origins belong in a cloudy haze of uncertainty.
It most likely started life sometime in the 1860’s or 70’s, but is first known to have been published in O.H. Byron’s The Modern Bartender, in 1884. Byron’s succinct summary of the Martinez states that it is the “same as Manhattan, only you substitute the gin for whisky.”
A classic Martinez starts with equal parts gin and sweet vermouth, before adding a teaspoon of maraschino liqueur and either Angostura or orange bitters. We decided to play on that rich, sweet aspect of the drink by using a fig liqueur instead of the Maraschino, and then using Pedro Ximenez, an intensely sweet and sticky sherry, to amplify the caramel notes of the fig and add a touch of complexity via the oxidised notes in the sherry. A touch of orange bitters finishes the drink!
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EPISODE 3: FOXHOLE SPIRITS
Each month we aim to showcase one of the independent brands that we love and have used to create the cocktail of the month.
Foxhole Spirits brought their first product to market in 2016, their Foxhole Gin. A luxurious, yet sustainable, gin created using an innovative three-stage production process using by-products from the English grape harvest; English wine grapes.
They went on to create the incredible HYKE gin, expanding their sustainable ethos into table grapes, and looked at the supermarket supply chain to source raw materials so often going to waste.