Gulf Coast Martini

Dan Warner, The 86 Co. | London

A spoonful of Guinness stout “essence” adds a robust bitter note to this drink, created for a Martini-and-oyster pairing event where it matched up with briny Gulf Coast oysters. A rotovap (rotary evaporator) was employed for the original version, but a stovetop reduction method works, too.


Serving: 1

  • 1 3/4 ounces gin, preferably Ford's
  • 1/2 ounce Cocchi Americano
  • 1 barspoon Guinness essence (see Editor's Note)
  • 5 drops saline solution (1 part salt: 4 parts water)

Garnish: Radish slice

  1. In a mixing glass, stir all ingredients with ice.
  2. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish with radish slice.
Editor's Note

Guinness Essence:
Pour one (15-ounce) can of Guinness into a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer until it has reduced down to approximately three ounces of liquid. Allow to cool.