On a recent trip to Mr Mark Hix’s new restaurant Pharmacy 2, set on the first floor of Mr Damien Hirst’s south London-based Newport Street Gallery, a member of the MR PORTER team – who shall remain anonymous for the time being – had something of a spiritual (and, yes, spirit-based) moment upon ordering a martini. Mr Hix, it turns out, likes to serve up this king of cocktails not only with various fun embellishments (such as a green chilli or a twist of lemon), but with a refill on the side, served in a miniature milk bottle resting on a stack of ice cubes. The revelation? There’s only one thing better than a martini at the end of a long day – two of them.
So, given that the thing to do now seems to be to double up, we thought it our responsibility to learn how to add a little bit of variety to James Bond’s favourite cocktail. We asked Mr Dustin MacMillan, creative head of bars at Mr Hix’s Mark’s Bars, for a list of ingredients you can throw into your cocktail shaker to shoot your martini game into the stratosphere this spring. Just pace yourself, please – this trend is certainly a jolly one but not an excuse to throw caution to the wind.