When it comes to mixing drinks, unconventinal flavours are often half the fun. Here’s a recipe that will not only showcase the versatility of the great martini, but wow your party guests at the same time.


• 90ml apple cider
• 1 star anise pod
• 1/4 cinnamon stick
• 30ml good quality vodka

In a jug or large cup, add the apple cider, star anise and cinnamon.
Let sit for 30 minutes for flavours to develop. Remove spices.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, and add the apple cider mix and vodka. Shake for 10 seconds and strain into a martini glass lined with lemon juice and sugar. Garnish with a floating pod of star anise. Serve immediately.