Chad and I are huge fans of James Bond (evidently).
I’m a big fan of Connery Bond for his suave sophistication and 60s charm, as well as Brosnan Bond (I grew up in the 90s, and he’ll forever be 90’s Bond to me).
Our family, however, is most fascinated by Craig Bond… I think I’ve mentioned it before in a previous entry. Kidding aside, Chad’s dad looks so much like Daniel Craig (especially when Craig gets cranky) that it freaks us out whenever Craig Bond has romantic trysts with his Bond girls (it must be said though that Monica Belucci looks amazing in Spectre).
That being said, I realize that over the years, I’ve written about James Bond in the contexts of Tempranillo and Champagne, but never in relation to his signature drink, the martini.
I found this incredibly sacrilegious for a 007 fan, so let me rectify the situation by writing about the legendary martini.
Martinis have always been associated with sophisticated parties, which is why I think the author Ian Fleming decided to incorporate the cocktail into his creation’s lifestyle.
Traditionally, martinis are classified as follows:
- Dry (traditional) – 6 parts gin, 1 part dry vermouth, stirred, garnished with an olive
- Dirty – Made the same way as a dry martini, except with a bit of the olive juice added to the mix
- Perfect – Made with equal parts sweet and dry vermouth
Over the years, Bond’s preferred drink has changed from the traditional dry martini of the pre-Craig Bonds, to a Bollinger, to (controversially) a Heineken.
Now thanks to a deal with Belvedere Vodka, the Vesper Martini. I personally haven’t seen either a Lillet Blanc or Cocchi Americano in Manila, but the ingredient may be substituted with a citrusy aperitivo.
I prefer this martini recipe:
- 3 parts gin
- 1 part vodka
- A small splash of vermouth
- Half a lemon
- Slice a small sliver of lemon. Set aside.
- Put together gin, vodka, and ice in a shaker.
- Add a small squeeze of lemon.
- Shake then strain into a martini glass.
- Use a slice of lemon as garnish.
How do you like your martini? Cheers!
*pour ma professeur formidable et Monsieur Connery/Bond