Thursday, November 6, 2008

Quantum of Solace cocktails

Cocktails in the name of BOND that is being served in the Mumbai bars to celebrate the release of Quantum of Solace

INGREDIENTS: 50 ml Smirnoff Black vodka, 5 ml dry vermouth, lemon twist as garnish.
METHOD: Pour the vermouth into a martini glass and fill with crushed ice and water, shake the vodka with the ice in a separate cocktail shaker. Pour out the contents of the martini glass, leaving on a vermouth rinse and strain in vodka. Garnish with a lemon twist.

INGREDIENTS: 40 ml Smirnoff Black vodka, 20 ml Campari, 60 ml blood orange juice, orange twist as garnish.
METHOD: Pour all ingredients into an ice-filled shaker and shake well. Strain into a pre-chilled Martini glass, garnish with an orange twist.

INGREDIENTS: 50 ml Smirnoff Black Vodka, 50 ml champagne, 5 ml sugar syrup, 6 mint leaves
METHOD: Shake the vodka, mint and sugar syrup well with crushed ice. Double strain into a champagne flute. Top with champagne while stirring continuously. Garnish with a mint leaf.

Fun facts about James Bond's drink:
• The phrase "Shaken… not stirred" first appears in the novel Diamonds Are Forever (1956), though Bond does not actually say the line until Dr. No(1958). Bond first orders a drink to be shaken in the novel Casino Royale(1953).

• Exposed to vodka during his time as a correspondent in the Soviet Union, Ian Fleming loved martinis. Andrew Lycett, a biographer, believed that Fleming liked his martinis shaken, not stirred because he thought that stirring a drink diminished its flavour.

• James Bond has almost single-handedly popularised vodka in the West, and vodka martinis everywhere else.There have been careful product placements of a variety of alcohol brands in recent Bond movies.