An ode to gin for World Poetry Day (plus a Martini to go with it)

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It's World Poetry Day, and we're celebrating with this ode to gin from Ogden Nash - and it would be rude not to accompany that with a delicious Shortcross Wild Clover Gin Distiller's Martini, wouldn't it? Cheers!

A Drink With Something In It

by Ogden Nash

There is something about a Martini,
A tingle remarkably pleasant;
A yellow, a mellow Martini;
I wish I had one at present.
There is something about a Martini,
Ere the dining and dancing begin,
And to tell you the truth,
It is not the vermouth —
I think that perhaps it's the gin.

Distiller Dave's favourite tipple

distiller dave gin

Some like their Martinis wet. Some like them dirty. David Boyd-Armstrong, the Rademon Estate Distillery Master Distiller, likes them dry... extra dry in fact!

Dave likes to have his delicious 46% ABV Shortcross Gin shine through his Martini, adding just a touch of vermouth in a 4:1 ratio gin:vermouth to spice up yet smooth out the gin.Not that it needs any smoothing out! It's a perfect gin to sip on neat on the rocks too.

We recommend tasting Distiller Dave's Shortcross Martini and experimenting with different quantities of vermouth - or none at all - to find your perfect Shortcross serve. 

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Distiller’s Martini

Distiller Dave (@LordofGin) loves this creation from Aaron Boreland of our Gin Joint of the Month, Harbour Gin Bar, Ramore Restaurants, Portrush  

distiller's martini shortcross gin


50 ml Shortcross Wild Clover Gin  

12.5 ml White Vermouth 

Twist of orange zest 


Rinse a chilled martini glass with the vermouth and discard remaining. Add 50ml Shortcross Gin into a mixing glass and stir over ice with a long orange peel for 20 seconds.  Strain and serve into chilled martini glass.