If you love classic cocktails, you probably enjoy knowing a bit about the intriguing stories behind them. And one cocktail with a long, star-studded history is the martini. To honour the legacy of this iconic drink, Melbourne cocktail bar Eau de Vie is launching a bespoke martini service — that doubles as an alcohol-fuelled history lesson.
The Star of Bombay Martini Trolley combines the classic martini service — a tradition in old-school ritzy hotel bars — storytelling of the cocktail's history and the dramatic crafting of drinks using liquid nitrogen.
The four martinis from the new Star of Bombay menu will be made theatrically on the trolley in front of you, and include the sweet-noted Edwardian, a twist on the hanky panky from the Savoy Hotel in 1903, a James Bond-inspired Magda Martini (we'll assume it's shaken) and the Captain Ritz — an ode to the Ritz Paris's famed side car cocktail. You'll also have the chance to experiment with bitters, brines and garnishes to create your own personalised martini.
The Star of Bombay Martini Trolley is located inside Eau de Vie, Melbourne and is open 6pm–midnight, Monday to Sunday. One martini costs $24 and a sample board of all four costs $50. Reservations are essential, to make one, head to the website.