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Celebrate with a New Year Gin Martini

New Year gin Martini cocktail with time anchor gin

Lets start 2017 with a big bang!  A New Year Gin Martini cocktail to get this year started. When you say the words, shaken, not stirred, everyone knows you are referring to James Bond’s Martini.  In my mind, it immediately creates an image of men in elegant suits and woman in glittering evening dresses.  It is probably one of the most recognised cocktails all over the world.  However, the Martini has a murky history. 

Various people claim to have invented the famous cocktail. No one is really sure what is truth or what is fiction. However, you can be sure of one thing – it does not matter if you prefer it shaken or stirred, the basic ingredients are the same worldwide.  A Martini is a cocktail made with gin and vermouth, and garnished with an olive or a lemon twist.  Served in a Martini glass, it is instantly recognisable. 

New Year gin Martini cocktail close up

As time passed, variations of a Martini became popular.  If you ask for a Dry Martini, it is made with dry, white vermouth. The ratio of Gin to Vermouth changes, but the heart always stays these 2 ingredients.

Ask for a Dirty Martini  and you will get a Martini that contains a splash of olive brine or olive.

A Perfect Martini uses equal amounts of sweet and dry vermouth.    There are people who encourage the removal of vermouth and replacing it with something else.  A Smoky Martini is when the vermouth is replaced by smoky Highland or  peaty Islay whisky.

Lately Vodka Martinis have become popular and this has lead to all kinds of “Flavoured” Martinis.  Honey Martini’s, Berry Martini’s and Vanilla Martini’s can be found on many cocktail menus. 

New Year gin Martini cocktail with jack daniels Tennessee honey liqueur and gin

This past December holiday I tried a Martini.  I tried it all kinds of ways, but I find it too bitter.  Dry vermouth is just to bitter. I played around with the vermouth ratio, but could not get to something I liked.  I have a sweet palate and needed that hint of sweetness to make this Gin Martini cocktail work for me.  So I looked at what else I have in my cupboard.  Low and behold, at the back I found the Jack Daniel’s’ Honey whisky liqueur.  It is a blend of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey and a unique honey liqueur. 

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I decided to give it a try, much to my husband’s horror.  I ended up with my version of a Gin Martini that still has the gin taste, but with some sweetness, just to take the edge off.  It is called a – New Year Gin Martini.  And with all the new craft gin’s available, there is no shortage of great gin to play with.  

I decided to try the Time Anchor London Dry Gin.  They are distilling Gin right in the heart of Johannesburg in the Maboneng Precinct.  With a great bottle shape and an even better taste, this was the perfect gin to use in my experiment.  The Time Anchor gin is available at Norman Goodfellows.

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Recipe for New Year Gin Martini

New Year gin Martini cocktail ingredients


  • 60 ml Gin
  • 20 ml Jack Daniel’s Honey Liquor
  • Orange Peel
  • Ice

Add ice and the ingredients to a shaker and give it a good shake.  Strain into a Frozen Martini Glass and decorate with the Orange Peel.

Sit back and enjoy.

New Year Gin Martini cocktail with jack daniels honey and time anchor gin

So what do you think?  Willing to give this new spin on a New Year Gin Martini a try?  Let me know if you tried it and what you thought of it.

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  1. honest mum

    I need a martini now!

  2. Oh I would definitely go for a Smokey Martini, mouth watering stuff!! It would have to be served with an olive and a James Bond waiter 🙂 !! #globalblogging

    • Jeannette Wentzel

      Jip, Martini served by a handsome James Bond waiter. Perfect. 😉

  3. Oh yeah! I could do with one of these right now! Or maybe not a good idea!I am pretty tired… I will have to try it later on! Thanks for joining #globalblogging. I hope you will join again next week!

  4. I have never had a martini but have always wanted to try an Apple Martini. #Alittlebitofeverything

  5. I enjoy cocktails every ones in a while…. I am not sure to make one for me but with this one I think I can give it a try … I look easy enough to make it. Thanks for sharing with #Alittlebitofeverything

    • Jeannette Wentzel

      I was just experimenting with different combinations when I stumbled across it. Surprisingly delicious. Thank you for stopping by.

  6. I’m not much of a martini drinker, but if someone were to offer me a New Year Gin Martini I’d surely give it a good try. Sounds easy enough to make!
    I prefer a bit of sweet in my drinks as well. It’s nice that martinis are simple and the ingredients have some flexibility. Keep experimenting!

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