Cocktails: Martini, Negroni or Vesper


Cocktails: Martini, Negroni or Vesper

(4 customer reviews)
5.00 out of 5 based on 4 customer ratings



If a warming tipple’s a fine thing on a cool Tassie evening, how about a nice pre-dinner cocktail? William McHenry and Sons Distillery have taken the pure tastes of their gin and vodka and combined them with other quality ingredients to create pre-made Martini, Negroni and Vesper cocktails. We’re sending you out with enough for a couple of cocktails each evening in a stylish hipflask, along with the appropriate garnish for bonus elegance.

Martini: Gin with a splash of vermouth. Served with an olive. You either love them or fear them, or – in our case – both.

Negroni: Gin, vermouth and campari, with a swirl of orange peel. A perfect combination of sweet and tart.

Vesper: Gin, Vodka and Kina Lillet, served with a slice of lemon. Delicately sweet and dangerously light. Looks like a puppy, but bites like a wolf.

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4 reviews for Cocktails: Martini, Negroni or Vesper

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    My only regret was that I didn’t order a double serve of the negroni. This delicious drink was provided in a lightweight metal flask, accompanied by strips of orange peel in a little zip lock bag. Perfect for a first night pre-dinner drink for 3 of us (and would have been perfect for a second night drink if only I had thought to order more).

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    This was my favourite pack item. What a fantastic reward at the end of the day! It even comes complete with little slivers of fresh julienned orange rind. The perfect accompaniment to the scrumptious hommus and/or the white bean and garlic dip.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


    Loved the Negroni, essential to enjoyment of the hike.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Keli Symons

    The Negroni was superb. Just perfect when siting on the deck of the lodge in the late afternoon after a big day of walking. Wish I were there now! I found the serves to be generous too, I shared (a little) with my fellow hikers and it still lasted the three nights.

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Martini lore: former New Yorker writer E.B. White – one of our favourites as much for his legendary style guide (‘Strunk & White’) as children’s classics Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little – called the martini “the elixir of quietitude”. We’re fans of the martini-consumption rule of thumb: never drink more martinis than you have nipples. 35% ALC/VOL.

The Negroni’s origins aren’t clear. It’s widely believed to have been ‘invented’ in 1919 at Caffè Casoni (now the Caffè Roberto Cavalli) in Florence, Italy, when Count Camillo Negroni asked the bartender to enhance an Americano – his favourite cocktail – with gin rather than soda water. The barkeep’s said to have added orange garnish rather than the Americano’s lemon garnish, to distinguish the two. 32% ALC/VOL.

Bond. James Bond. Casino Royale, 1953. Chapter Seven.

“A dry martini. One. In a deep champagne goblet.”

“Oui, monsieur.”

“Just a moment. Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?”

“Certainly, monsieur.” The barman seemed pleased with the idea.

“Gosh, that’s certainly a drink,” said Leiter.

Bond laughed. “When I’m…er…concentrating,” he explained, “I never have more than one drink before dinner. But I do like that one to be large and very strong and very cold and very well-made. I hate small portions of anything, particularly when they taste bad. This drink’s my own invention. I’m going to patent it when I can think of a good name.”

In Chapter Eight, Bond meets the beautiful Vesper Lynd and asks if he can borrow her name for the drink. 36% ALC/VOL.

Additional information

Weight450 g

Martini (400 ml), Negroni (400ml), Vesper (400 ml)