If you're deep into cocktails, there is a good chance you've heard or are en route to Tales of the Cocktail as we speak. With the seminal cocktail event of the year taking place this week in New Orleans, we thought you might enjoy a twist on a classic martini, The Dragon Variation developed by Jon Santer, National Brand Ambassador for Martin Millers Gin. The Dragon Variation is a simple simon to make, yet will impress even the geekiest of your cocktail friends. Serve it ice cold, chill your stemware and raise a toast to The Big Easy!
Notes from Jon Santer:
The Dragon Variation takes its name from two places: 1) It's a variation on a classic martini, but with Thai birds eye chili tincture (hence Dragon) and slightly sweeter vermouth (I wanted to play on the sweet/spicy theme), 2) The cocktail is an homage to Thad Vogler and Erik Adkins, who I've been working with for the past couple of years. Both are great barmen and chess players. The Dragon Variation is a variation of the Sicilian, a popular and complex opening in chess.