The history of the martini cocktail is a fascinating and complex one.
It’s an iconic serve that has evolved over time with the help from the famous 007 James Bond, playing to his preference for a ‘shaken not stirred’ martini.
In Ian Fleming’s first Bond novel ‘Casino Royale’ (1953), the ‘shaken, not stirred’ motif was born when Bond ordered a Vesper martini made of part gin and part vodka as a tribute to his double agent and lover Vesper Lynd.
But, after Vesper took their own life, Bond never drank the cocktail again.
Instead he opted for a vodka martini made from grain instead of potatoes as this makes the drink even sweeter.
elit® makes the perfect vodka of choice for Bond’s elegant martini as the blend of wheat and rye grains adds a subtle creaminess to the cocktail.
- 10ml Oscar 697 extra dry vermouth
- 50ml elit® Vodka
- Garnish with an Amalfi lemon twist
Start by adding the spirit measures into your chilled mixing glass
Stir to achieve the best dilution and temperature
Strain into a chilled martini glass
Finish off with an Amalfi lemon twist