The eucalyptus martini is the creation of mixologist Humberto Marques, owner of the Curfew bar in Copenhagen, Denmark. Marques' focus is on fresh ingredients in cocktails and he has some wonderful recipes and flavor pairing studies. This is one of his most fascinating creations and it is truly a unique, innovative cocktail.
The key to this cocktail is the eucalyptus syrup. It is a homemade mixer that flavors a 1:1 simple syrup with fresh eucalyptus leaves and it's easy to make. When that is paired with a fantastic gin and a little lime juice, the drink comes together with a cooling, refreshing sweetness against a botanical background. You'll also want to add the egg white to get a rich, foamy top that tantalizes your taste buds before that first taste of eucalyptus.
Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this cocktail is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and assembly.
Make the Eucalyptus Syrup
Gather the ingredients.
In a saucepan, bring the water to a boil and stir in the sugar until it's completely dissolved.
Reduce the heat and simmer for 1 minute. Add the eucalyptus leaves and liquidize.
Pour the syrup into a bowl and cover for 15 minutes. Once cool, the syrup can be stored in a well-sealed container in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks.
Make the Eucalyptus Martini
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the gin, eucalyptus syrup, lime juice, and egg white.
Garnish with a floating eucalyptus leaf.
Serve and enjoy!
Raw Egg Warning
Consuming raw and lightly-cooked eggs poses a risk for food-borne illness.
- Marques recommends two different gins for this martini: Tanqueray 10 and Martin Miller's Gin. Either is a great choice and if you want to go with something else, try to keep within the dry gin style for the best taste.
- Fresh lime juice is going to be the best option for this cocktail. The average lime yields between 1/2 ounce and 1 ounce of juice; you can easily get away with squeezing a whole lime into the shaker.