how to make a winston’s martini..a not so popular classic

I first came across the Winston’s Martini at the Isarbar at Sofitel Munich Bayerpost. The drink had just about the right combination of spice, sweetness and sour that it has since become one of my favorites. I have seen some recipes with slightly different proportions, but this is the proportion that I came up with after several trials and that I believe is the best.

The recipe for this drink has four flavorful ingredients, which makes the proportions very important. It also makes it a challenge to recreate the same flavor every single time, unless you are really careful with the measurements.

You can play around with the proportions to control the sweetness of the drink. The Rose’s Lime juice can be increased in proportion to make the drink sweeter. On the other hand an increased proportion of Frangelico can bring a more nutty flavor to the Winston’s Martini.


  • 1.5 shots of Gin
  • 1.5 shots of Spiced Rum
  • 1 shot of Rose’s Lime Juice
  • 0.5 shot of Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur
  • A Lemon peel for garnish


  1. Put 4 -5 cubes of ices into a martini shaker
  2. Pour 1.5 shots of Gin into the shaker
  3. Add 1.5 shots of Spiced Rum
  4. Add 1 shot of Rose’s Lime Juice
  5. Add half a shot of the Frangelico
  6. Shake the ingredients about 5-10 times, to mix it well
  7. Strain the contents into a chilled martini glass
  8. Garnish with a Lemon peel

Winston's Martini


  • Always make sure to chill the martini glass before starting on the preparation, as with most drinks
  • If you do not have Rose’s Lime Juice, you can always use a combination of lime juice and sugar syrup instead.


  • A standard shot glass is about 1.5 ounces, but it may vary.
  • Some recipes also call for the Winston’s Martini to be stirred instead of being shaken. I have found that shaking it does allow for the ingredients to be better mixed than when stirred. Bruising the Gin should not be a concern with all the added flavor in this case.
  • The drink is sometimes referred to as the Winston Martini instead of Winston’s Martini
  • Do not confuse this with the Winston Churchill Martini, which is more a straight martini with no vermouth.