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There’s an innate indulgence interwoven through the concept of spring break; the same kind flooded through a midday siesta. That is, the indulgence of rest. A moment of stillness amidst a season well-regarded for life, energy and rebirth. What better way to toast to the first days of spring than with a beautifully crafted Martini — the drink writer E. B. White once called “the elixir of quietude” — mixed and shaken from your favourite Moët Hennessy Diageo spirits? Bar tools at the ready: Lifestyle Asia Hong Kong’s ‘The Home Bar’ series returns with an all-new cocktail recipe courtesy of mixologist extraordinaire Lorenzo Antinori, with notes taken from easy, breezy spring break afternoons.

Our host Lorenzo Antinori — Beverage Manager of Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, Beverage Ambassador of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Asia Pacific and occasional Lifestyle Asia Hong Kong columnist — delivers his professional expertise from beyond the mysterious, moneyed depths of Four Seasons Hong Kong’s Caprice Bar. A bartender’s raison d’être behind every shaken-and-served tipple is the final execution; the presence of perfectly curated flavour — introduced, savoured and, most importantly, shared.

‘The Home Bar’ is a four-part video series of cocktail recipes by Lorenzo Antinori that will transform cheeky imbibers into spirit-slinging novice mixologists from the creature comforts of their own homes. Five-star libations, made approachable with at-home bar tools. Salute, from us to you!


Belvedere’s Spring Break Martini

The Spring Break Martini exemplifies a modern-day conundrum. A rapid-fire, high-impact, pre-batched execution tempered against Belvedere’s Polish traditionalism; slow and steady, six centuries in the making.

The seduction of a vodka Martini lies in its composition. The iconic thin-stemmed, conical glass; chilled and misty. A well-garnished swizzle stick. And, of course, the vodka. The stunning, made-with-nature purity of Belvedere — by way of heritage Polska rye, purified water and distillation by fire — steals the show in this pre-batched Lorenzo Antinori recipe; designed to be shared. One that serves from freezer drawer to ice-cold glasses in no time at all. One that might even tempt Mr. James Bond from his Vesper Martini.

Now, take a perfectly chilled sip. And another. One more after that.


Ingredients

350mlBelvedere Vodka
10mlApple cider vinegar
100mlDry vermouth
220mlGreen tea
 Green olives garnish
 Pickled onions garnish

Preparation

Step 1: Place a measuring jug atop a scale.
Step 2: Pour in prepared portions of Belvedere Vodka, apple cider vinegar and dry vermouth. Dilute the solution with green tea.
Step 3: Strain the solution into an empty bottle. Freeze for two to three hours.
Step 4: Serve in a chilled Martini glass.
Step 5: Garnish with a skewer of pickled onions and green olives to taste.

Please enjoy responsibly!


The Spring Break Martini (HK$160) is available for order at Four Seasons Hong Kong’s Caprice Bar from 12 April. 6/F, Four Seasons Hong Kong, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3196 8882

Joey Wong
Editor
Constantly in pursuit of a multi-hyphenated career, Joey has written her way through fashion trends, youth culture and luxury retail in New York and Hong Kong. Beyond internet adventures tracking down the perfect vintage find, you can probably catch her sipping on her third oat milk latte of the day in the city’s newest café. She’s currently mourning the loss of TikTok in Hong Kong.