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Have Your Martini Shaken, Not Stirred, On Martini Day

When you think martinis (on National Martini Day, June 19, of course), James Bond automatically comes to mind. In his many films, this eternally suave British spy famously orders his martini with vodka (not gin) and asks for it, “shaken, not stirred” with only an olive as garnish. But deep dive into the rest of the Bond oeuvre and you’ll find he has enjoyed more than one kind of martini.

In Ian Fleming’s first Bond novel, Casino Royale, Bond asks the barman for a dry martini. “One in a deep champagne goblet,” he says, then instructs him further, “Just a moment. Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?” The barman answers, “Certainly monsieur.” And the Vesper Martini was born, named after the character Vesper Lynd.

In the movie, Dr. No, Bond is given a traditional medium dry martini made with gin (not vodka), dry vermouth, and with an olive or lemon peel as garnish. While it is traditionally stirred rather than shaken, in the movie, Bond’s dry martini is “shaken, not stirred.”

In honor of Martini Day, if you want to enjoy a martini just like James Bond does, then follow these Bond-inspired recipes for that perfectly shaken (not stirred) cocktail.

 

Vodka Martini

  • 1 1/2 oz. vodka?
  • 3/4 oz. dry vermouth
  • 1 olive

Shake vodka and vermouth together with several ice cubes in a shaker. Strain into a cocktail glass, garnish with an olive and serve.

 

Vesper Martini

  • 3 measures Gordon’s Gin ?
  • 1 measure vodka ?
  • 1/2 measure Lillet Blanc or Cocchi Americano or a Bordeaux white wine ?
  • lemon peel for garnish ?

Dry Martini

  • 1 2/3 oz. gin?
  • 1/3 oz. dry vermouth
  • olives

1. Fill the martini glass with cracked ice to chill it. Fill a metal shaker with cracked ice while you’re at it. Pour in 1/3 ounce of dry vermouth and stir briefly. Add 2/3 ounce of gin.

2. Remember, shake well, not stir, for about 5 seconds. (Those who want their martinis stirred may use a bar spoon and stir for 10 seconds.)

3. Discard the ice in the martini glass. Pour the contents of the shaker over a strainer.

4. Garnish with olives as desired.


 

 

The above recipes appeared in Vault Magazine Special Edition: The Bond Issue, 2012

Photos by Pat Mateo for Vault Magazine