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Vodka Martini: The Video

With James Bond returning to the screen, Lewis Orme, at The Living Room, shakes not stirs

Published on October 19th 2012.


Vodka Martini: The Video

JAMES Bond will be back on the silver screen on 25 October with the movie Skyfall. 

Bond as we all know likes a vodka martini shaken not stirred. 

We asked Lewis Orme at the Living Room to prepare the favourite drink of the mythical spy. 

The prep video is below.

The cocktail was delicious by the way.

Several Confidential types necked it, jumped into an Aston Martin, and then chased some villians with dodgy accents down Deansgate until it was clear they'd saved the West from imminent attack. 

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AnonymousOctober 27th 2012.

I don't want to be a cock but I don't recommend anyone to make a Martini like that at home.

-There is way too much vermouth to begin with (James Bond likes his Martini to be bone dry.)
-Stirring first is pointless and could cause over dilution as you're ruining the ice that will then be shaken.

Also, we all know the true James Bond Martini to be the Vesper Martini:

Original Recipe:
12.5ml Lillet Blanc
25ml Vodka
75ml London Dry Gin
Lemon Zest Garnish

Modern/Practical Recipe:
2 Barspoons Lillet Blanc
20ml Vodka
50ml London Dry Gin
Lemon Zest Garnish

Please next time visit a bar well known for their knowledge of classics such as, Epernay, Room or Harvey Nichols etc.

As far as cocktails are concerned, Living Room are "has beens" that never were! You may as well have asked Lammars.

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Lewis OrmeNovember 9th 2012.

Although the drink wasnt being made to the way james bond drinks a martini. This video is a small snapshot of a 2hour presentation on the history of the martini and what it has become today including variations. The presentation also included the vesper martini (which was also made and tasted) a gin martini, vodka martini as well as 7 other martini cocktail variations living room has on offer! At no point in the video or presentation did the bartender (me) suggest it was how james bond drinks a martini, in fact quite the opposite. The drink made is a vodka martini, shaken not stirred, as it is served and the words presented to the guest as "a vodka martini"....all methods, preferences (inludin dilution, wet/dry etc) were discussed before hand, including garnish! Before u try to pick apart someones work (which clearly u have little better to do) come in and sit through the same presentation with me and then pick apart the information. Like i said this video is a snapshot. As for Living Room being a 'has bin' we are still one of Manchesters best cocktail bars with the best bar tenders. If this is some sort of attempt to slander our name, feel free to come discuss this with us in terms of a light hearted competition! Thats what we do! There is a lot of very good competition in Manchester, we thrive on that and always will do, but some of us are busy making wicked cocktails and earning money to slander the name of a competing bar on a website! Like i said pop in ;)

Pedro1874October 29th 2012.

So many cocktail bars get this wrong. From Wiki and checked by me from "Casino Royale"

The drink was invented and named by fictional secret agent James Bond in the 1953 novel Casino Royale.
"A dry martini," [Bond] said. "One. In a deep champagne goblet."
"Oui, monsieur."
"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?"
"Certainly, monsieur." The barman seemed pleased with the idea.
"Gosh, that's certainly a drink," said Leiter.
Ian Fleming, Casino Royale

The novel goes on with Bond telling the barman, after taking a long sip, "Excellent ... but if you can get a vodka made with grain instead of potatoes, you will find it still better," and then adds in an aside, "Mais n'enculons pas des mouches"[1] (English: But let's not bugger flies—a vulgar French expression meaning "let's not split hairs").

Bond eventually calls it the Vesper, named after the novel's lead female character, Vesper Lynd. A Vesper differs from Bond's usual cocktail of choice, the martini, in that it uses both gin and vodka, Kina Lillet instead of the usual dry vermouth, and a lemon peel instead of an olive. Although there is a lot of discussion on the Vesper, it is only ordered once throughout Fleming's novels - although Bond drinks the Vesper ("six of them") in the film Quantum of Solace - and by later books Bond is ordering regular vodka martinis, though he also drinks regular gin martinis.

Lewis OrmeNovember 9th 2012.

Just to respond to the first comment and in part the second....
This video is a short snapshot of a 2 hour presentation by one of Living Room Manchester's Bartenders (me as it happens). The presentation included the history of martinis the VARIOUS martinis drunk by Bond in the plethora of films, including vodka martinis, gin martinis and vesper martinis. These were all made and tasted to the preference of the journalists sat infront of me.

At no point do i suggest that this is the exact specification that james bond always drinks every martini he ever drinks! What i do suggest, which cannot be argued with is that the drink presented to the guest is a vodka martini, which it is.

If you had been present for the full 2 hours you would have witnessed an in-depth analysis of products, drinks and the history of the beverage. And if this was the case i would suggest that then, and only then, would you have the right to use ur time, (which clearly there is an abundance of) to crticise the work of the video in such a way.

Al specifications, including whether it was to be wet/dry, shaken/stirred and how it should be garnished were agreed with the guest to account for the guests tastes like any good bartender does. And unfortunately i was not serving James Bond at the time! Like i have said i have at no point during the video or presentation suggested that the above beverage is made how Bond drinks a martini, that is simply an uneducated assumption made on your behalf.

If you would like to come and experience the presentation for yourself then please, feel free and you can even sample some of the living room martinis to put ur preety pathetic attempts at slandering living room on a public domain to rest.

Living room is and always has been a premier cocktail bar the boom in competition has for us, just driven us nore to produce excellent cocktails with excellent service which we do! If you or (assuming you are from a competing bar) wish to challenge this, be my guest. Competition is what living room and our traditionalist bartenders are all about, we thrive on it!

One thing we do not do is make poor attempts at slating competing bars or their bartenders with uneducated drivvle! We prove ourselves by making quality drinks and using all of our ability to build a wicked bar team!

As i have said, please pop in! I am more than hally to discuss how much i love the bar i work in and expand on this conversation or throw us a challengr for competition, speed, flair, mixo....living room will Always compete!

Maybe get urself to work and get practicing sweetheart ;) xx

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