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

007 BLACK MARTINI
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.

THE QUANTUM OF SOLACE
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.

THE BLACK TIE
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.