In this third instalment of our 'On The Bar' series, Javier de las Muelas, owner of the esteemed Dry Martini in Barcelona and now creative partner of One-Ninety Bar by Javier de las Muelas, shows us how to make the perfect martini.
In town for the opening of his first Singapore bar located at the Four Seasons Hotel, the affable and generous cocktail master offered us tips on how to stir up a smooth martini.
"The ice is a fundamental element to making a dry martini," he shares.
The experience of drinking a martini at One-Ninety Bar is similar to that at Dry Martini − the customer is the first to touch the glass of a completed martini.
In his book, Javier de las Muelas Cocktails & Drinks Book, de las Muelas describes this experience as "immaculate, virgin, brilliant." He is known for comparing bar experiences to religious experiences.
In our exclusive video, he also tells us what qualities he thinks a good bartender should possess, the concept behind his collaborative bar, and what he thinks of the Singapore cocktail scene.
Off-camera, de las Muelas revealed that he will continue to work very closely with the Four Seasons Hotel, and was, at the time of the interview, working with them to create an afternoon tea cocktail pairing experience. The developing of such a menu and experience was a first for him.
The bar has just begun to offer the weekend-only Cocktail by Javier Des Las Muelas Tea ($72.54 per person) – a cocktail and tea snacks pairing experience that takes place from 2pm to 5pm every Saturday and Sunday.
1-2 dashes of dry vermouth
27ml Bombay Sapphire gin
3 droplets of orange essence
For the garnish
1 green olive
[Optional] A lemon twist
A mixing glass
A martini glass
1. Chill the martini glass with ice.
2. Pack the mixing glass with ice. Pour the Bombay Sapphire gin into the mixing glass.
3. Add in the dashes of vermouth.
4. Stir the mixture for 15 seconds.
5. Discard the ice in the martini glass, and drain the liquid into the martini glass.
6. Top the drink off with the droplets of orange essence.
7. Garnish with one olive.
One-Ninety Bar by Javier de las Muelas | Address: Four Seasons Hotel, 190 Orchard Boulevard | Tel: 68317671 | Opening hours: Daily 7.30am-1am