The Martini Experience With DINE Edinburgh

Dine Edinburgh Martini Experience

Around Christmas time just past, I took a little jaunt through to Edinburgh to take in the glitzy lights and wintery festivities the capital had to offer and whilst there, I decided to check out the wonderful surroundings of DINE Edinburgh and more specifically, their incredible Martini Experience which is available for you to try now.

The martini is probably one of the most recognised, iconic cocktails out there. Adorned by everyone from rockstars to film icons and a certain British spy, it is a cocktail which has been around since 1884 with the creation of the Martinez to the most recent Duke’s Martini from its famous namesake hotel in London, no doubt electrifying tastebuds, and creating some sore heads along the way. The DINE Martini Experience is then perfect for a little doorway in to this concoction few of us know much about.

DINE Edinburgh Martini Experience

En route to the experience, I must confess the martini was something I had never really tried a great deal of or really ordered at a bar on a night out, poor I know given this is The Gentleman Select however I always had this image of a super strong cocktail that was difficult to drink. I was however very open minded to the experience and personally, very excited to be educated on such a potent creation.

Arriving at DINE Edinburgh, I was escorted to the well equipped, lengthy bar to be greeted by the very knowledgeable bar manager Alessandro Borelli, a true expert and artist in what he creates. In front of me I found a placemat with room for five takes on the classic martini. The idea is to experience how the drink has evolved through the years and also how the taste and mixtures have been adapted and tweaked. We started off with Martinez, you could almost say it was the original prototype martini. A sweet blend of gin and vermouth and one which I felt was very enjoyable and pretty smooth to drink. It has a lovely burnt orange appearance helped along by the Angostura bitters and is perfect for easing you into what comes next.

DINE Edinburgh Martini Experience

The classic gin martini. A punchy, heady mixture this time of a different gin and vermouth variety, this was a drink that was quite a bit stronger as there is no dilution. What I did love about this drink is the zesty lemon oil and twist which really gave it a delightful, fresh scent as you picked it up to take a drink however I must admit this one took us quite a bit longer to drink. One key thing which I took away from the DINE experience was that a martini MUST be served ice cold. It really does make the drink as once it starts to get a little warm it becomes most unpleasant. Shaken or stirred is of course your preference however this did lead us on to our next drink, the Bond martini. A version epitomised in the films of Britain’s favourite secret agent, this is an example which will blow your socks off. It amazes me the amount James Bond has consumed in a couple of the movies and he is still standing, then again it is the movies. A little substitute comes in the form of vodka instead of gin, ice cold with some white vermouth and a twist of lemon and you have quite simply rocket fuel in a glass. I allude back to what I said previously in that it is imperative this is ice cold in which if that, then the Bond martini is not actually to difficult to drink. Again Alessandro’s expertise in delivering this was spot on and like the previous drinks, he was brilliant at talking us on a journey through the different ingredients and methods. We were immersed in the world of the martini.

Dine Edinburgh Martini Experience

Our penultimate drink was the most modern take on the variety, The Dukes martini. Named after the classic London hotel where it was created, this cocktail also follows on nicely from the afore mentioned Bond martini as it was said the Duke’s bar was one of Ian Flemings favourite haunts and inspired 007’s favourite tipple. Alessandro used the delicious Darnley’s View spiced gin for this  version, one infused with 10 warming botanicals such as ginger, nutmeg and juniper.

Finally and one of my favourite parts of the DINE Martini Experience was the signature cocktail. Think of a drink or creation which really excites you, then along with Alessandro you get behind the bar and start crafting your very own signature martini. Being a bit of a coffee drinker I decide to create an espresso version which turned out to be delicious and slightly sobering after necking four very strong drinks previously! I loved this personal touch to the end of what for me was a wonderful experience.

DINE Edinburgh Martini Experience

Personally if you are in Edinburgh or planning on visiting, I would throughly recommend booking in for the DINE Martini Experience. At £30pp for 2 hours it is also great value for money considering the amount of drinks you are sampling. The knowledge that Alessandro shares with you is invaluable and fascinating in which you can really see the passion he has for his work. That for me makes the experience extra special. Of course don’t forget you are also in the lovely surrounding of the DINE restaurant itself, perfect for a little meal afterwards. Head over to the website here and book your own experience now.

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