Video: James Bond’s Vodka Martini – shaken, not stirred

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David Leigh founded The James Bond Dossier in 2002. A fan of 007 since the age of 8, he is also author of The Complete Guide to the Drinks of James Bond. You can order a copy here if you don't own it already.

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5 Responses to “Video: James Bond’s Vodka Martini – shaken, not stirred”

  • Steve

    So good! Vespers are even better!

  • M

    That’s coming soon too!

  • James

    The recipe – 6:1 – was mentioned in Live and Let Die if my memory serves me right. I don’t recall that shaking the martini was recommended however – that’s just something that appeared in the movies. I’m a big fan of dry martinis. My recommendation is don’t shake – stir instead: stops the ice watering down the spirits. Also, use at least three measures of gin/vodka. As for the vermouth, can’t recall if Flemming recommends a brand but I’m sure if it did it wouldn’t be Martini. Try Noilly Prat – from France, very Bond. Don’t mix the vermouth with the gin/vodka – just pour it over the ice, stir and then tip away. Then pour the spirits on the ice and stir gently until ice cold. Serve as suggested in video although my preference would be an olive to garnish. That’s how to make a martini worthy of a man with the tastes of bond.

  • M

    @James – in Live And Let Die the Solitaire brought the vodka martini in a cocktail shaker with two glasses, implying that it was stirred. Also, there are several occasions that Bond specifies his martinis – both vodka and gin – to be shaken.

    Fleming mentions Cresta Blanca vermouth in Diamonds Are Forever, when he is in New York.

    Also, if you mix the martini as you specify then then you’re not getting a 6:1 martini – by discarding the vermouth you end up with an extra dry martini.

  • James

    I bow to your superior knowledge on the issue. Shame Cresta Blanca vermouth is no longer made – I would have tried some on the recommendations of Felix.