The Original Bond Martini
Lately I've been drinking more fruity spirits, but I'm looking to dive back into something more classic, where the alcohol is more in the forefront. Of course when you do that then the alcohol has to be GOOD, right?
The original gin martini...shaken not stirred would be Bond style, and I'm guessing with just a squirt of vermouth, but what kind of gin?
Beefeater? Hendrick's? Sapphire? Or does it matter? To me, the three all have very different tastes. For gin and tonics I usually use Beefeater but it seems like a classic martini calls for something with a little more...class...
Since you're in SF, you might be able to find Aviator from Portland. It's excellent.
In Casino Royale, he ordered Gordon's Gin. But Bond himself probably would have no problem with Boodles, Beefeater, or Tanqueray - all of which make a great martini.
Well, if we are talking Bond's version of a Martini, originally, that would have to be a Vesper. From Casino Royale (with the help of Wikipedia)
'A dry martini,' he said. 'One. In a deep champagne goblet.'
'Just a moment. Three measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it's ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?'
That is what would be considered the original bond martini, though, later on, he prefers vodka martinis made with Smirnoff, that whole sponsorship thing.
Thing is, Gordon's isn't exactly the most pricy of gins. Then, there is the claim that what Gordon's makes in Britain is marketed to Americans as Tanqueray. (http://www.chowhound.com/topics/495296). I don't have anything to substantiate the claim, but just something to keep in mind.
One last thing, if you really want a more in depth look, take a look at http://007.atomicmartinis.com/. Complete listing of Bond's drinks of choice and even a bit of look into brands.
For what it's worth, my favorite Gin's right now are Plymouth, Junipero (Anchor Brewing), and Bluecoat. Plymouth is the softest of the three and Junipero is quite the heavy hitter. I would also recommend more than a squirt of vermouth as well - It goes a long way in massaging the less tasty elements of the botanicals in gin.
There's actually another thread a couple down in this forum about Hendrick's making great martinis...true, true, although I wonder if it's really the kind of thing a guy like Bond would drink. I suppose that's up for debate. I'm not a huge fan of Gordon's, but that's me. I think Connery probably would have been more the Beefeater/Tanqueray type, Roger Moore who the heck knows, probably vodka. Timothy Dalton, let's not even go there.
A more modern, Pierce Brosnan kind-of Bond martini would have to something smoother like Bulldog -- lotsa botanicals -- or any of boozemonkeys excellent choices. Bulldog has been making the rounds with many of my own booze primate friends, but it's much harder to find -- I think it might only be available on the east coast.
Hm. Perhaps this calls for a late viewing of Dr. No.
I think the brand of gin used makes a big difference in drinks, especially martinis--more so than they brand of vodka you might use. The gin you buy for your home bar should be the one that tastes best to you. For my everyday martinis, I like Tanqueray. Right now I also have Tanqueray 10, Junipero, Hendricks, and Plymouth (can you tell I like gin?) for my I-want-to-treat-myself martinis. You can spend some time trying martinis with different gins at local bars to find which one you like best.