Phil­lip Jones

Raconteur

Phil­lip Jones

Raconteur

The Mar­tini has a stor­ied his­tory; it’s per­haps the most fam­ous drink in the world. But there’s more to the story, with links to art, cul­ture, high soci­ety, dip­lomacy, and more. In this talk from TEDx­Can­ber­ra 2015, Phil­lip Jones tells us the martini’s tale, and mixes up a spe­cial ver­sion, just for us.


With a back­ground in fine din­ing, the arts, social entre­pren­eur­ship and con­sult­ing, it was nat­ur­al that Phil­lip should cul­tiv­ate a taste for the Mar­tini.

His blog, the Mar­tini Whisper­er has become the author­it­at­ive source of inform­a­tion about Aus­trali­an craft spir­its and Mar­tini cul­ture in gen­er­al. He was given the monik­er after order­ing 12 indi­vidu­al bespoke Mar­tin­is at a Mel­bourne cock­tail loun­ge for a troupe of thespi­ans to great effect.

In 2013, he con­ceived the Cen­ten­ary Mar­tini to mark the 100th Birth­day of Can­ber­ra, fea­tur­ing all Aus­trali­an craft spir­its, which was deb­uted by Robyn Arch­er AO at the Nation­al Press Club. Accord­ing to the West­ern Aus­trali­an news­pa­per at the time, ‘it was the best thing to come out of Can­ber­ra for years’.

He also pos­sibly ordered the first Mar­tini in a remote Oman desert resort recently after an impromp­tu les­son with the bar­tender, and his wife wishes he had chosen land­scape paint­ing or bush­walk­ing as a health­i­er choice of hobby.