Bradford Martini
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Bradford Martini
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4.08 / 5
The Bradford Martini is a classic cocktail that offers a sophisticated blend of flavors, tailored for those who appreciate a subtle twist on the traditional martini. With its key ingredients ... more The Bradford Martini is a classic cocktail that offers a sophisticated blend of flavors, tailored for those who appreciate a subtle twist on the traditional martini. With its key ingredients of dry gin, white vermouth, and a dash of orange bitters, this cocktail presents a harmonious balance of herbal, citrus, and slightly sweet notes, served in an elegant cocktail glass. The Bradford Martini stands out for its refined simplicity and is often sought after by connoisseurs looking for an authentic martini experience. Ideal for a classy evening or a formal gathering, it's a timeless choice that celebrates the art of cocktail making. This cocktail is perfect for searches related to classic gin cocktails or elegant martini recipes.
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Dry gin
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37.18% | 2.53 units *
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Classic

Cocktail glass

Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

The Bradford Martini is a study in minimalistic elegance, blending dry gin with a whisper of white vermouth and a playful dash of orange bitters for a citrusy hint that brightens the botanicals. This concoction manages to provide a refreshing twist on the classic martini, offering a delightful balance that is crisp and sophisticated, perfect for those who appreciate the finer nuances of a well-crafted cocktail.

Method
How to make a Bradford Martini

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Begin by combining all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with a handful of ice
Then, give the mixture a vigorous shake for about 10-15 seconds, or until you notice the shaker's exterior has developed a frosty appearance, indicating it's chilled through
Next, take a chilled glass, ensuring it's been adequately cooled for a refreshing touch
Proceed to fine strain the concoction into this glass, carefully pouring to leave any unwanted ice chips behind
Lastly, admire your mixology masterpiece before enjoying its flavors

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·  Shake  ·  Strain  · 

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the history behind the Bradford Martini?

The Bradford Martini, like many classic cocktails, has a somewhat debated history. It is a variation of the traditional Martini, distinguished mainly by its use of both orange bitters and white vermouth. The Martini itself dates back to the late 19th century, and the Bradford variation likely emerged as bartenders experimented with different ingredients to appeal to a wide range of tastes. Its exact origin and the reason for its name remain part of cocktail lore, making it an intriguing choice for enthusiasts and historians alike.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute another type of gin in a Bradford Martini?

Absolutely! The beauty of cocktails, including the Bradford Martini, lies in experimentation and personal preference. While dry gin is specified in the traditional recipe, feel free to explore with different types of gin, such as London Dry, Plymouth, or even a more contemporary botanical gin to discover how each affects the drink's flavor profile. The key is to maintain the balance between the gin's botanicals, the sweetness of the white vermouth, and the zestiness of the orange bitters.

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

What is the significance of using orange bitters in the Bradford Martini?

Orange bitters add a nuanced complexity and a subtle layer of flavor to the Bradford Martini. They provide a hint of citrus and a slight bitterness that complements the botanicals in the gin and the sweetness of the white vermouth, creating a more rounded and sophisticated taste experience. The use of bitters in cocktails is a centuries-old tradition, originally added for medicinal purposes, but in modern times they are valued for their ability to enhance and balance flavors.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

How should I serve a Bradford Martini to best enjoy its flavors?

To fully appreciate the flavors of a Bradford Martini, it should be served cold in a chilled cocktail glass. Before pouring, ensure the glass has been refrigerated or chilled with ice then emptied. The cocktail itself is neither shaken nor stirred with ice to avoid dilution, preserving its strong, clean flavors. Garnishing with a twist of lemon or orange peel can also enhance the citrus notes, making each sip more enjoyable.

OCCASION_SUITABILITY

Is there a specific time or occasion when the Bradford Martini is traditionally enjoyed?

The Bradford Martini, like its cousin the classic Martini, is a versatile cocktail that can be appreciated on many occasions. It's commonly served as an aperitif before a meal, helping to stimulate the appetite. However, its elegant presentation and balanced flavor profile also make it a perfect choice for sophisticated social gatherings, celebrations, or a quiet evening at home. The Bradford Martini transcends specific occasions, making any moment feel a bit more special.

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