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How to make a Martini like James Bond

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Added: 11th September 2023

James Bond, the iconic British spy, is known for his impeccable taste in cocktails. One drink that has become synonymous with his character is the classic Martini. In this blog post, we will guide you through the steps to create a Martini just like James Bond would prefer it.


Before we dive into the process, let's gather all the necessary ingredients:

  • 3 ounces of gin
  • 1 ounce of dry vermouth
  • A dash of orange bitters
  • A lemon twist or olive for garnish
  • Ice cubes

The Method

Now that we have everything we need, let's get started on making the perfect Martini:

Step 1: Chill the Glass

Begin by chilling your Martini glass. You can do this by placing it in the freezer for a few minutes or filling it with ice and water while you prepare the drink.

Step 2: Prepare the Shaker

Take a cocktail shaker and fill it with ice cubes. The shaker should be large enough to accommodate the ingredients and allow for proper mixing.

Step 3: Add the Gin

Pour 3 ounces of gin into the shaker. James Bond famously prefers his Martini to be made with gin, but you can also use vodka if you prefer.

Step 4: Add the Vermouth

Add 1 ounce of dry vermouth to the shaker. The ratio of gin to vermouth can be adjusted according to your personal taste. If you prefer a drier Martini, reduce the amount of vermouth slightly.

Step 5: Add a Dash of Orange Bitters

To enhance the flavor profile of your Martini, add a dash of orange bitters to the shaker. This ingredient adds a subtle citrusy note that complements the other flavors.

Step 6: Shake Vigorously

Place the lid on the shaker and shake it vigorously for about 15-20 seconds. This will ensure that the ingredients are thoroughly mixed and chilled.

Step 7: Strain into the Chilled Glass

Remove the ice and water from the chilled Martini glass. Using a strainer, pour the contents of the shaker into the glass, leaving any ice behind.

Step 8: Garnish and Serve

Finally, garnish your Martini with a lemon twist or an olive, according to your preference. The lemon twist adds a refreshing citrus aroma, while the olive provides a savory touch.

Enjoying Your Martini

Now that you have successfully made a Martini like James Bond, it's time to savor your creation. Take a moment to appreciate the smoothness and elegance of this iconic cocktail.

Remember, James Bond famously prefers his Martini "shaken, not stirred." However, feel free to experiment with different techniques and ratios to find your perfect Martini. The key is to enjoy the process and the end result.

Whether you're hosting a sophisticated gathering or simply treating yourself to a special drink, mastering the art of making a Martini like James Bond will undoubtedly impress your guests and elevate your cocktail game.

Cheers to a perfectly crafted Martini!