The martini is the most iconic of cocktails. Dating back over 100 years, it’s devotees include world leaders, renowned writers, and dashing actors. A martini, perfectly presented in a classic stemmed glass complete with olive garnish, can add instant glamour to any occasion.
Ice-cold Martinis is a celebration of this timeless cocktail. Purists will delight in the classic recipes, while the more adventurous will discover a wonderful array of twists. Exciting variations such as the sumptuous Strawberry Martini, the Red Star – delicately spiced with star anise – or the dramatic Gotham show that part of the martini’s enduring appeal is it’s ability to be adapted to every taste. Including ideas from cocktail bars around the world, as well as his own creations, award-winning mixologist and best-selling author Ben Reed has created a perfect companion to this king of cocktails.
Ben Reed has mixed cocktails all over the world. Former bar manager of the Met Bar and Woody’s in London he was then appointed Executive Director of IPBartenders and is now a freelance consultant. Ben has made many TV appearances. His column ‘Barfly’ ran in The Times Magazine and he has been in a wide range of publications, including Vogue, Red and GQ. His previous books include The Art of the Cocktail and The Cocktail Hour, both published by Ryland Peters & Small. Ben lives in Queen’s Park, London.