A Martini Fit For A Spy

by Amy Pschierer
May 2014
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"Shaken, not stirred," is a popular catchphrase from the James Bond series that is still widely recognized today. (as Bond films continue being produced)

The martini was Bond's drink of choice and according to Wikipedia , the vodka martini was ordered 19 times in Fleming's "Bond" stories. The gin martini came in at a close second with 16 appearances. The film industry also emphasized Bond's love of the martini and he was seen ordering/drinking it in several films including "Dr. No," "Goldfinger," and "GoldenEye."

While both gin and vodka martinis started becoming popular in the 1950s due to cocktail parties and corporate marketing, the actual origins of the drink are unclear. It's assumed the martini came out in the 1800s and was originally a combination of gin and vermouth. (Read more history) As it's gained popularity in more recent times, an endless amount of variations have been created.

Current times may see the martini as a sweet drink for the weak, but the classic vodka/gin martini is nothing to laugh at. It's strong and its flavor is bold, but if made correctly, It washes down smooth. I made two versions of this cocktail: one straight up with vodka (5 times distilled), vermouth, and a few drops of a fresh squeezed lemon; the other with a strawberry-lemonade flavored vodka (keeping the vermouth ratio the same). Hands down, the original variation won. This drink was made to be bold and no sweetener will ever do it justice. Fit for a spy? Oh yes. And I made it shaken, not stirred.

Here's the recipe:

Vodka Martini

Bond Vodka Martini

Premium vodka (which is most vodka, but the more distilled, the smoother the taste)
Dry Vermouth
Lemon twist or olive garnish
Bitter (optional)

This is pretty easy to make and there are countless variations on the internet. Find one you like and roll with it. I started with a 1:1 ratio because I prefer less vodka, but you can make it to taste.

Pour the mix into a martini shaker with a few ice cubes and shake it up. (don't you even think about stirring it. Bond would not approve)

The bitter is used in most martinis for taste and also come in a wide variety of flavors, but they aren't necessary. (Buy it or make your own) I added a few drops of lemon juice to enhance the flavor and it turned out great.

The lemon twist was the hardest, but after a few tries, I was able to get a little curl. This page has a video that demonstrates three ways to twist a lemon peel. I used the 'lemon spiral' variation.

And there you have it: a martini fit for a spy. This is a classy drink, so make sure you're dressed to impress and prepare for a night of wonder. This drink will not leave you dissapointed.

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