When it comes to style and savoir faire, it’s hard to beat James Bond. He’s got the tux, he’s got the toys, and by the end of the flick he’s got the girl with the ta-ta’s, too. His only flaw, in my book: he adulterates his vodka martinis with gin.
Another thing Bond has going for him? He knows how to look good whilst imbibing. Because, let’s face it, no one likes a sloppy drunk.
Which is why I’m ever so grateful to my friend Rita who gave me a Bodum double-insulated martini glass for Christmas last year. Now, I can take my time sipping martinis rather than chugging them — a practice which, I’ve discovered, dramatically decreases the risk of that whole sloppy drunk thing.
So, in honor of the fictional hero of martini drinkers everywhere, tonight’s recipe is the James Bond martini, taken from the pages of Casino Royale.
The Bond Martini
Three oz. Gordon’s gin,
1 oz. vodka (I recommend Stolichnaya Elit if you can find it)
1/2 oz. Kina Lillet (or your favorite dry vermouth)
1. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold.
2. Strain into martini glass.
3. Add a large thin slice of lemon-peel.
(Tuxedo is optional. Bad British accent required.)
So, what’s in your glass tonight?