AK’s Gin from Scottish distillery Arbikie was named winner in the annual competition to find the World’s Best Martini.
At the finale last night in London, it vied for the 2018 title alongside five other boutique gins from the UK and Ireland, including last year’s winner, Daffy’s Gin.
They were assessed, based on the taste of a signature showcase Martini, by a team of judges including bartender Witek Wojaczek from Artesian bar at The Langham hotel in London, Bar magazine editor Mark Ludmon and Annie Hayes of Master of Malt’s blog.
Arbikie partnered bartender Francesco Petracci from The Gibson bar in London to create a twist on a classic Martini that reflected the character of AK’s Gin (pictured).
He combined Arbikie Gin with a vermouth made from sea herbs, smoked liquid and lemon zest to create a unique twist on the classic Martini.
The audience at the event at Oslo in Hackney also voted on their favourite of the six classic Martinis served at the event, which was won by Bertha’s Revenge – a gin from County Cork made with whey alcohol from cow milk.
Runner-up to AK’s Gin in the main competition was Pothecary Gin, made in Dorset by Soapbox Spirits, founded by Lukasz Dwornik and Martin Jennings, working with bartender Dennis Apostolakos from Bread Street Kitchen in London.
The other two gins that won a place in the final were Lilliput Dorset Gin, with a Martini created by Harley Stevens from Koh Thai Tapas in Bournemouth, and Kokoro Gin, working with Rasa Gaidelyte from Peony at Opium in London.
The five joining Daffy’s Gin were selected from a range of gins assessed by the World’s Best Martini competition’s organisers, Gary Sharp and James Thomas.
As winner, AK’s Gin will appear with Francesco and Arbikie’s brand ambassador Alex Forsyth in a segment on the World’s Best Martini on the Sunday Brunch TV show on Channel 4 on Sunday 21 January.
Check back later for pictures from the night.
Arbikie’s Showcase Martini
55ml AK’s Gin
8ml Sea herbs vermouth
2 drops Smoked liquid
Chill the Martini glass with dry ice and zest the mixing glass. Next place chunks of ice into the mixing glass, add all of the ingredients and stir. Remove the dry ice from the Martini glass and strain the mixture into the glass, adding a piece of lemon zest to garnish.