Cocktail of the Week – Christmas Martini

Get into the Christmas spirt by making yourself one or two of these bad boys, guaranteed to take the edge of the present wrapping or painful annual visits from neighbours and relatives. 

A fun and festive twist on the classic martini, from Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant and bar Maze. The vodka is easy to make at home – just make sure you do it a week before you want to serve the drink. 

50ml Christmas vodka*
12.5ml amaretto
1bsp gingerbread syrup
2 dashes orange bitters
Orange zest and a mini candy cane, to serve

Stir all ingredients together with ice until very cold, then strain into a frozen martini glass. Flame an orange zest over the drink then discard. Hang candy cane on the rim of the glass 

* To make Christmas vodka, mix 1 bottle of vodka in the bowl with 4 cloves, 1/2 a cinnamon stick, 1 slice ginger, 1 nutmeg (cracked), 20ml maple syrup and the zest of 1/2 an orange. Seal with cling film and leave at room temp for a week, then use a fine strainer to separate the ingredients from the vodka and rebottle the vodka.


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