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Martini Test Drive – Kremlin Bar

by The Editor

At the 2012 ACT Australian Hospitality Association awards night, Kremlin Bar came out on top of the cocktail category. While this may have raised a few eyebrows around town there is no argument this City Centre venue has been a consistent performer in recent years.

What we wanted to know of the Cocktail Bar of the Year was simple: In a world of infusions, flowers and flourishes, could the Kremlin Bar make a simple martini?

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Martini Test Drive – Soju Girl

by The Editor

We’ve visited Soju Girl a number of times since opening (and especially just after opening) and have continued to be impressed by the fresh flavours that pervade its food and drink. Still, with such experience behind the bar as can be found at Soju, there is only one way to test its mettle.

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Naughty Monday: The Canberra Martini

by The Editor

Q:  What’s better than a martini after work?

A:  Four martinis after work! (well, four half-sized martinis after work-you want to make it in the next day)

The Canberran was excited today to learn of Canberra Martini’s plan to celebrate the last week of work with a little soiree over at Hotel Diamant on the evening of Monday 19 December.  Deee-licious!

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Martini Test Drive – Hippo Bar

by The Editor

   image: hippobar.com.au

“Take us on a journey.” That was our simple direction to Sam, our bartender one Thursday afternoon at Hippo Bar.  Sam was welcoming and compliant, wandering away to think about the options as we sat and collected ourselves with a beer.

Once we were ready, Little Spoon and I signalled to Sam we were ready for our martinis.  A little disconcertingly, the glasses were already iced and sitting on the bar.  It was already possible to see water pooling in the bottom of the glasses.  Hmmm… this wasn’t the start we were hoping for.

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Martini Test Drive – The Kennedy Room

by The Editor

The Brief:  Make me the martini that best represents the bar.

“So, this is really it?”  I asked not out of disappointment, but because I wanted to be sure Amy, our cocktail bartender at Kingston’s Kennedy Room, had received our request from another bartender.   Not knowing Amy, we thought this was the perfect way for Little Spoon and I to test the bar’s classic cocktail skills without pretence or expectation if one can do such things when ordering a martini.

“You asked for a martini, didn’t you?”  Amy sounds unsure rather than rude.

“Well, yes.  However we were looking for the martini that best reflects the Kennedy Room.”

“Ah,” smiles Amy.  Ideas are obviously forming in her mind. “That’s a very different thing.”  If so, we can only serve the science of cocktails by allowing her to demonstrate.

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