Opening on March 26 for three weeks, the elegant classic-style bar space is being created in the Apartment on the first floor of the historic Soho establishment.
Run by Kettner’s bar manager Jason Palmer and his team, the Sipsmith 100 Martini bar has been curated by Sipsmith’s master distiller Jared Brown, who is also one of the world’s leading cocktail historians.
Martini aficionados and newcomers alike will discover the history of the cocktail alongside some long-forgotten classic serves.
Accessed via Kettner’s side entrance on Greek Street, guests will be able to choose a Martini from 100 listed on an interactive tablet menu, with specially devised questions created to identify their perfect serve.
A bartender will then bring a trolley to the table where they will expertly shake, stir or throw each of the Martinis in front of them. There will also be accompanying appetisers selected by head chef Yosef Edri.
Jared said: “Variations are not a new trend, they’re a rediscovery of world individualism. Sipsmith 100 Martini is not about throwing ingredients together to create multiple twists of a modern Martini.
“This is the ultimate celebration of the classic cocktail – a place to discover and absorb. Nearly every Martini on the menu has its origins in pre-1939 Europe or America, with many first conceived and poured prior to the First World War.
“An excellent Martini is deep velvet in fiery frost, a stemmed glass of gentility, festivity and epiphanies. You need surgical precision to mix it and the perfect environment to sip it.”
Options include a Martini based on the first recorded recipe, which was in Harry Johnson’s 1888 New and Improved Bartenders’ Manual, where it is made by mixing gin with sweet vermouth, simple syrup, bitters and orange curaçao.
Other historic versions include Caruso’s Martini which was invented by a bartender at the Knickerbocker Hotel in New York City between 1912 and 1920 for the Italian tenor Enrico Caruso, twisting the classic gin Martini by misting the glass with absinthe.
Winston Matthews, general manager at Kettner’s, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Jared and the Sipsmith team to bring the Sipsmith 100 Martini Bar to life. The perfect Martini demands a high-quality gin and the perfect environment to sip it in.”
The Sipsmith 100 Martini Bar will be open 5.30pm to midnight only on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings, except Thursday April 3, and will close on Saturday April 12.
Sipping sessions are by reservation only from ticket website Billetto, or via www.sipsmith.com/100Martini or www.Kettners.com. Each 90-minute session costs £12 per person and includes one Martini, with more options available for £11.
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