Cocktail of the week: the horse’s neck martini – recipe

The classic cocktail of winter racing gets a shaken martini twist. Perfect in October as we look ahead to next month’s Gold Cup at Newbury, affectionately known as the Hennessy.

The horse’s neck martini
Serves 1

50ml VSOP cognac – we use Hennessy Fine de Cognac
25ml cold-pressed ginger shot – homemade or bought in (Pret, Fighter and Press all do good ones)
1 tiny splash ginger wine
1 tiny splash Angostura bitters
Lemon peel, to garnish

Put all the liquids in a shaker over ice, shake until very cold, then strain into a martini coupe. Rub the lemon peel all around the rim of the glass, then twist, drop into the drink and serve.