James Bond can do it all. He can fly a plane, he can surf, he can sweep the women off their feet and into his Aston Martin in a matter of seconds, and while Sean Connery managed to fit in playing the slots during a break on set for Diamonds Are Forever, everyone knows that James Bond is a Baccarat mastermind. In Casino Royale, Le Chiffre even attempted to poison his martini and he still went on to win.
Whilst the rest of the world speculates as to who will be playing the next Bond, there’s a more troubling news story brewing. James Bond does not know how to make a martini. With the rise of the classic cocktail, and the boom in bartenders becoming more meticulous about how their drink is made, it’s probably time that we address that James Bond got it wrong. When he walks into a casino, Bond asks for “A martini. Shaken, not stirred”, which if you ask any bartender is a surefire way of killing any martini, and is probably the biggest reason why the martini went out of fashion. Who has a spare shaker and skills at home to make a martini to perfection? There is also a scientific argument to stirring over shaking. Let’s assume you’re using gin, mainly because gin is infinitely better than vodka and also because it’s having something of a moment right now. Science says that shaking your martini destroys all of the subtleties that you’re paying for when you pick up that bottle of artisan gin. To make a martini at home, all you need is your favourite gin, some ice, a tall glass (or one side of a cocktail shaker) and a long spoon. You might want to buy some martini glasses to serve, but other than that, you’re good to go.
The following recipe is for a Churchill martini . Gin is really fashionable right now, and the complex flavors mean that it can stand on its own without any other ingredients. You can also add a twist of lemon or an olive if you’re feeling super fancy, but ultimately, this drink is all about one thing: The gin. It’s incredibly dry, classy and simple enough to make at home. Bond is usually associated with casino games; for instance, he has a tense match of poker against Le Chiffre in Casino Royale. We haven’t seen him play the slots yet, but with the rise of online casinos it is surely only a matter of time. However, if making a martini at home, players could have a go at winning the jackpot at BitCasino and enjoy their cocktail without fear of having their drink poisoned. If Bond did the same, maybe his life would be a bit less stressful.
Dry Gin Martini (Stirred, Not Shaken)
- 50ml Gin
- Twist of lemon or an olive
Fill a tall glass or cocktail shaker with ice and pour over the gin. Holding the spoon like a pencil, spin the ice so that it starts to melt and the liquid collects at the bottom of the glass. After about 30 seconds, taste the liquid. It should taste smooth and easily drinkable. Stir some more if needed. When ready, pour the cocktail into a martini glass and garnish with a twist of lemon or an olive.