Star of Bombay 50-50 Martini

There is much debate on how you are supposed to make a proper martini. But one thing that is not up for dispute in my books – a proper martini is made with Gin not vodka. Usually my go-to martini is extra dirty but I have developed a fondness for a classic 50-50 Martini. A 50-50 is simply a martini that is half gin and half dry vermouth. What I love about it is that it is a lighter in flavour (and alcohol content) I made this one with Star of Bombay

Star of Bombay is a higher-strength, super-premium variant of Bombay Sapphire. The classic notes of juniper, angelica and coriander have been intensified, with the addition of bergamot and ambrette seeds offering extra exoticness. A rich and intense gin. I love the more intense flavour. It is great in a classic Gin and Tonic or Gin and Soda. Or a 50-50 martini.

50-50 Martini

50-50 Martini Recipe:

  • 1.5 parts Star of Bombay
  • 1.5 parts Martini Dry Vermouth
  • 2 dashes Orange Bitters
  • Orange peel


  1. Stir ingredients into an ice-filled mixing glass.
  2. Fine-strain the liquid into a chilled coupe glass in a circular motion from the outside of the glass towards its centre.
  3. Garnish with orange peel.
  4. Enjoy.
  5. Repeat.
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Christian has been a cultural and style junkie since the age of 6; while most kids were swiping cookies, he was swiping his grandfathers' Patek Philippe. Raised to appreciate art, fashion,design and  literature (yeah, this one actually reads) by a single mother fondly called Jackie-O. Christian quickly went from childhood cultural capital thief to academia protégé. Referred to as the cat's meow by some, too clever by half by others, Christian eschewed the academic life and ran away to join the circus -the fashion circus. Several well-appointed positions later and a career on the rise would be most people's dream but it was time to say fuck off and start all over again.

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