The Strawberry & Balsamic Martini was invented in 2002 in Che, 23 St James Street, SW1, London. This location is now occupied by Russian-backed Sake no Hana.
In the days before you had to take your shoes off at the door, Che was a temple to booze, boasting the largest cigar menu in the world. This irony of its name (after Marxist hero Che Guevara) is that 23 St James Street is the former offices of the Economist.
The drink is now known as the ‘Strawberry & Balsamic Cocktail,’ presumably because it bears no resemblance to an actual Martini.
Strawberry & Balsamic Martini
- 5 fresh strawberries, hulled
- 75ml Russian Standard vodka
- 5ml balsamic vinegar
- 15ml simple syrup
Muddle the fruit in a cocktail shaker. Add the other ingredients, shake with ice and fine strain into a chilled Martini glass.