Brisbane’s best martinis with a twist | Gourmand and Gourmet

Brisbane's best martinis with a twist

Whether you like them dirty, dry, neat, or on the rocks (innuendos aside people), martinis are the classic of the cocktail world. But while James Bond might have liked them shaken, not stirred, we prefer ours with a twist, so we’ve been on the hunt for some new favourites at cocktail bars across Brisbane. Martini purists might not be fans, but hey, rules were made to be broken right? Loft | West End Tucked into a swanky NY style loft is the aptly named Loft bar, with modern interiors adorned by vintage treasures. Loft has a hefty cocktail list, but don’t get distracted by the whiskey and Chambord doused cocktails just yet. Set your eyes firmly on the prize of the lillypilly martini, with Mt Tambourine lillypilly gin, Lillet Blanc and cucumber, served straight up! Madame Wu | Brisbane CBD Of course we can’t go past an old fashioned espresso martini and when we (literally) stumbled upon the Malteser Espresso martini we HAD to have it. Featuring Mozart chocolate crème, tia maria, a double shot of espresso and honeycomb, we were instantly in love.   brisbane bars martinis blackbirdBlack Bird Bar and Grill | CBD With a name inspired by the old school term for a gangsters girlfriend, The Molls Martini is a new school martini with something a little extra. Enjoy the views of the Story Bridge and sip on the passionfruit, apple and vodka martini, and wash it down with the small side of sparkling wine. #sofancy Laruche | Fortitude Valley When you step into Laruche and out of the drama of the Valley night strip, a fabulous cocktail list will welcome you with open arms. There are several choices of martinis available, but our favourite, The Corpse Reviver No. 2, features lemon, gin and absinthe, and enough kick to keep you dancing (however bad) for the rest of the night. Riverbar and Kitchen | CBD Being in prime position with a view of the Brisbane River isn’t the only highlight of wining and dining at Riverbar, there’s also the cocktails! You’re eyes will go wide when you see the Pavlova Martini. Yep, with gin, strawberry, vanilla, lemon, egg whites and passionfruit, Aussies can take full, undisputed credit for this pavlova. Hatch and Co. | Newstead Hatchatini isn’t the name of a new brand of car, its Hatch and Co.’s delicate signature martini with gin, peach liqueur, lemon and grapefruit juice and fig jam. We are no mixologists, but we have had enough cocktails (probably more enough) to know that fig jam in a martini is a winner! Stirred is good. Paired with the delights of fruit and chocolate is better. Words by Sheldon Hikaiti