There are more variations on the martini than possibly any other drink in the world, and oftentimes, a good martini spreads throughout the drinking culture like wildfire. Unfortunately, this often means that proper credit cannot be given to its creator.
Luckily, that is not the case with the Eucalyptus Martini. The drink was created by Humberto Marques, the owner of Curfew, in Copenhagen, and renowned mixologist. The drink requires the creation of eucalyptus syrup.
- 1 ½ ounces of gin
- ¾ ounce of eucalyptus syrup
- ½ ounce of lime juice
- 3 drops of egg whites
- 1 eucalyptus leaf for garnish (optional)
- Making Eucalyptus Syrup: Boil a liter of water in a pot. Add 1 kilogram of sugar, then stir. Let it simmer for 1 minute, then add 80 grams of eucalyptus leaves. Let the leaves infuse, then liquidize in the blender. Strain, filter, pour into a bowl. Cover it with cling film for 15 minutes, then refrigerate.
- Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker, and dry shake.
- Add ice, then shake again.
- Double-strain the cocktail into a chilled martini glass.
- Water pot
- Cocktail shaker
- Martini glass
The only logical garnish for the martini is, of course, a eucalyptus leaf, however, for those who do not like garnishes: the drink already has more than enough of the eucalyptus flavor. There are recipes that also involve Cointreau, if one prefers. It should also be noted that the drink is a modern cocktail, and that the mixologist creator now even owns his own company, called the Bartist, that sells his very own version of eucalyptus syrup. The drink shows that there is still room for all sorts of modern twists on old classic cocktails such as the martini, and flexes its innovation with the addition of egg whites, and eucalyptus leaves, which arent typically used in cocktails. However, it should be noted that since eucalyptus syrup must be made for the cocktail to work, the eucalyptus martini doesnt work for a last-minute function or party, but instead should be prepared and planned for. Enjoy one today!