Cocktail of the Week: Vodka Martini





Traditionally made with gin and dry white vermouth it was of course Ian Fleming’s eponymous hero that catapulted the vodka equivalent into the public psyche. James Bond famously ordered his ‘shaken, not stirred’ and 007’s version has remained hugely popular ever since. In an unabashed ode to Britain’s premier secret agent and of course to the imminent end to another labouring week of work CellarVie Wines’ are celebrating the Vodka Martini as our Cocktail of the Week.

From Sean Connery to Daniel Craig, James Bond has been supping Vodka Martinis on film since one was delivered to his room in 1962’s Dr.No, while the purists will remember 007 first ordering the cocktail in Fleming's first James Bond novel, Casino Royale (1953).

Made by combining vodka, dry vermouth and ice, the simple ingredients are either chilled by stirring or shaking (Her Majesty’s finest preferred choice) and then strained and served "straight up" in a chilled and now iconic martini cocktail glass.

Did you know?

Martinis are believed to have originated in San Francisco in 1862, when a cocktail named after the nearby town of Martinez was served at the Occidental Hotel. The drink did not rise to prominence until the Prohibition Era and in particular when the legislation for gin manufacturing eased, leading to the Martini’s rise as the preeminent cocktail of the 20th century.

To the purist Martini drinker, shaking is not the optimum way to present the cocktail because when done so using gin, it can bruise and water down the mixture.

The less vermouth, the dryer the martini.


Ingredients

60ml Grey Goose Vodka

15ml Dry Vermouth

1 green olive or a twist of lemon peel, to garnish

Method

Pour the vermouth and vodka into a mixing glass and fill with ice cubes. Stir well and then strain into a small Martini glass.

Rub the rim of the martini glass with a wedge of lemon.

Drop the olive into the martini before serving or garnish with a twist of lemon.
 
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