Martini 101

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Notwithstanding Mr Bond, the martini is undoubtedly a sex symbol unto itself. Resolutely appealing, largely because of its simplicity, achieving the ultimate in martini craftsmanship requires an exceptional vodka at its very essence. Anointed the official vodka for 007s most recent venture SPECTRE, Belvedere Vodka allows for endless possibilities in the pursuit of the perfectly mixed martini. Whether its dry, perfect or wet, shaken or stirred, straight up or on the rocks, dirty or with a twist — have we lost you yet? — in the complex world of vodka martini creation, it’s important to be educated on the finer nuances.

1. Espresso
In what has fast become an icon of late-night revelry, it’s hard to deny the smooth seductive powers of a delectable espresso martini to keep the good times rolling.

To make: Combine 45ml Belvedere Vodka, 30ml coffee liqueur, 1x espresso shot and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini or coupe glass. Garnish with a pinch of cinnamon.

2. Dry
Referring to the amount of vermouth used — the less, the drier, and the drier the more ‘classic’. Combine the vodka with a dash of aromatised wine for a silky smooth libation that will charm the pants off any imbiber.

To make: Stir 60ml Belvedere Vodka and 10ml Lillet Blanc over ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a twist of pink grapefruit.

3. Dirty
This suggestive order alludes to adding a splash of olive brine in the martini. You’ll likely want to specify just how ‘dirty’ you like it. It is usually bolstered with an olive garnish to enhance its salty, umami flavour profile.

To make: Combine 60ml Belvedere Vodka 10ml Vermouth, olive brine. Pour into a glass over ice. Either drink on the rocks, or strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnished with olives.

4. With a twist
Classic martinis are adorned either with an olive on a skewer, or, with a twist of lemon peel for an added pop of citrus. The below recipe is a Vesper with a twist which combines both vodka and gin, à la 007 himself.

To make: Stir 40ml Belvedere Vodka 15ml gin and 10ml Lillet Blanc over ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

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