Cocktail of the Week: The Rosé Martini

Mixed using No.3 Gin and Lustau Rosé Vermouth, this pink spin on the classic cocktail has the approval of London’s best bartender…

“We only use the very best,” said Alessandro Palazzi, when Gentleman’s Journal visited the legendary barman for a martini. And Palazzi should know. As the head bartender of Dukes Bar since 1975, the master mixologist has been creating cocktails for decades. “We aren’t owned by a drinks company,” he added, “so I have no restriction on what spirits I can use”.

It speaks volumes, then, that Palazzi uses No.3 Gin to create his fabled martinis. An handsomely bottled spirit from nearby wine merchants Berry Bros & Rudd, Palazzi chills his No.3 down to a viscous, thick consistency before serving it, ice-cold. 

“I have no restriction on what spirits I can use…”

And it is this extraordinary gin that forms the base of the Rosé Martini. Its many mouth-watering botanicals work wonders in the creation of the cocktail — with notes including cardamom, clove and coriander adding depth to mix. But grapefruit is the key; a sweet-tart flavour reflected both in the colour and the garnish of this very pink drink. 

The Rosé Martini was mixed into existence by Ross Bryant, a No.3 Brand Ambassador. And, once you follow the recipe below, you’ll enjoy his invention; a sweeter riff on the classic martini. While it may not be a true, traditionalist’s take on the iconic drink, it’s a fun, fruitier alternative if you want a spirited spin on a classic. Here’s how to make it…

The Rosé Martini


  • 60ml No.3 Gin
  • 20ml Lustau Rosé Vermouth
  • A Pink Grapefruit Twist (to garnish)


  1. Begin by adding lots of ice to a mixing glass
  2. Pour in your No.3 Gin and vermouth
  3. Stir for 30—45 seconds
  4. Strain into a pre-chilled martini glass
  5. Garnish with a fine twist of pink grapefruit

Want a non-alcoholic alternative? Here’s how to mix CleanCo’s Mos-low Mule…

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