Martini Gadgets 8 – The Martini Spike

This was the first Martini Gadget that I owned, and I still think that it is the most impressive; it does have a tendency to wow!

The Martini Spike was made by Gorham and consists of a silver-plated syringe that can be used to dispense tiny amounts of vermouth to your drink. It dates from the late 1950s during a boom-time of the cocktail hour, three Martinis and an affluent American Middle Class. It is from this period that most gadgets date and the syringe is representative of a growing preference for ever dryer Martinis.

The spike came in a felt-lined box, complete with a rather minimalist pictorial instruction of how to use it.

The Taste

I used the Spike to add 5 notches (5ml) of Dry Vermouth to 30ml of Boodles Gin.
These were added to an iced Martini glass, stirred and strained.The resulting drink was smooth, flavourful and quite powerful, too. Clean and crisp, it was a textbook Martini.
The Spike was pretty easy to use and I quickly got the hang of it.

The Score

A small dispenser is a useful tool to control how much vermouth you add to your drink. Each marking on the Spike represents one millimeter and so, with 30ml of Gin, you can make everything from 30:1 to 3:1; a fine range that should suit most Martini drinkers.
Practicality Score:  5 out of 5


The potential theatrics of the Martini Spike are very high and I have already seen some used at a few events. It is something that will catch the eye of friends and patrons alike.

Showmanship Score:  5 out of 5

Curio Quality (How unusual is it?)

No question, this is the most eye-catching Martini Gadget and very simple, too. It’s medicinal nature and appearance give it a slightly sinister air; mystique and intrigue always appeal!

Curio Quality Score: 5 out of 5

An unorthodox use of the Martini spike

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About DTS

partial to a martini? to a smoke-hazed gin joint & a perfect tipple poured with the style, swank & skill of a true aficionado? …then pull up your stool to the bar, prepare to stock up your cocktail cabinet & get ready to drink it all in as we introduce you to a stitch in times’ resident barman… David T. Smith is a drinks enthusiast currently residing in the U.K. a long-time fan of tasting & exploring various types of alcohol, he has a fascination for vintage spirits and cocktails, in particular their heritage & origins; this was strengthened last year when he presented a talk and accompanying monograph on the Martini. it was as a result of his research of this topic that he was introduced to drinks paraphernalia, & he is now the happy owner of a colourful collection of bottles, books, and gadgets from a wide range of eras… an avid believer in the validity and variety of personal opinion, particularly in the subjective area of tasting, he enjoys hosting tasting sessions for friends, constantly challenging them to find their own favourite tipple. in addition to all of this, he is also interested in economics, three-piece suits, board games & keeping alive the art of engaging in enjoyable conversation with a good glass of port whilst surrounded by pipe smoke… Thanks to Analiebe for writing this rather flattering blurb for me.

1 thought on “Martini Gadgets 8 – The Martini Spike

  1. I’ve just been using simple chemistry syringes (no needles, obviously) for measuring small quantities like this, but the addition of the spike is a good idea: It’s definitely a pain getting things out of the bottle (I’ve decanted to glasses, measured from there and then returned to the bottle).

    I’d been wondering about acquiring some plastic tubing for this, but maybe an actual cocktail implement like the spike would be more appropriate.

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