Pineapple and Cardamom Martini

This is yet another ‘Martini’ that is in no way a Martini. The drink was invented in 2002 by the late Henry Besant at The Lonsdale in London’s Notting Hill.

Besant was a popular figure on the London cocktail scene, and was a protegé of the famous Dick Bradsell. Besant sadly died of an aneurysm in 2013 aged just 40 years.

Henry Besant (1973–2013) pictured in El Floridita Havana, Cuba

The Lonsdale can be found at 48 Lonsdale Road, Notting Hill, London W11 2DE.

Pineapple and Cardamom Martini

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
By Henry Besant Serves: 1
Cooking Time: None


  • 3 whole green cardamom pods
  • 60ml Russian Standard vodka
  • 45 ml fresh pineapple juice
  • 7.5ml simple syrup



Muddle the cardamom on the bottom of a shaker. Add the other ingredients, shake with ice and fine-strain into a cold Martini glass.

You Might Also Like

No Comments

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.