The Bond Martini
The release of the new James Bond movie, Spectre, in cinemas in South Africa today (27 November) has naturally gotten us thinking about the secret agent’s favourite drink. After all, who is 007 without his ‘shaken, not stirred’ catchphrase? Bond famously invented and ordered this unusual version of the traditional martini in the novel Casino Royale, saying that he likes his drink to be ‘large and very strong and very cold and very well-made’. He then named it the Vesper after the beautiful Bond girl Vesper Lynd. Interestingly, this was actually the one and only time that Bond orders this specific cocktail in all the novels, but clearly something about that single event stuck with fans around the world and the beverage has since become nearly as famous as the man himself. So, the question is, how is this twist on the classic made? The video below explains the process clearly so you can repeat and enjoy in celebration of seeing Spectre on the silver screen.