This month’s MixMo comes from Nihil Utopia and tackles one of my favorite cocktails, the Martini. When I first learned to drink, I fell in love with the glamour of martinis: Rat Pack crooners, Hollywood starlets, and of course James Bond.
These days my tastes no longer run to really dry martinis with lots of olives, though there are still foods that seem less delicious without an ice cold martini. So I wanted to explore the history of the cocktail. Which brought me to the Vesper, Bond’s original shaken not stirred.
The original recipe, from Casino Royal is “Three measures of Gordon’s [gin], 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. “
I’ve run off with this and made a few changes for the Canticle of Bond.
Mix everything in a shaker with lots of ice. Shake well and double strain into a chilled martini glass. Serve with a strip of lemon peel.