June 19th: Happy National Martini Day

You may take it with gin or vodka, dry or extra dirty, shaken or stirred, all that matters is that today you take it.  Arguably the most classic cocktail there ever was, the martini is a drink of subtleties. The slightest alteration can make it an entirely different cocktail and therein lies its beauty. Today we're celebrating by sharing a couple of tips, shaking up a couple of drinks of our own, and toasting an icon who's championed this drink for decades, Bond, James Bond. 

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Martini Tips: 1. Rapidly chill your glass by filling it with ice and letting it sit as you prepare your drink. Empty before pouring.

2. When shaking your martini hold the shaker up and over your should and shake until the outside of the shaker appears frosted.

What We're Drinking Today

Pear Martini

3 Parts Vodka  

1/2 Part Pear Liqueur

Gin Twist Martini

2 Parts  Dry Gin

1 Part Dry Vermouth 

Lemon Twist


Cheers Commander

 via jamesbond.wikia.com

via jamesbond.wikia.com

 via manzine.org

via manzine.org

It's hard to talk about martinis without mentioning Commander Bond. The MI6 agent has been sipping these for generations and has even come up with his own version.

Classic Bond Martini Order: 'Vodka martini, shaken not stirred.'

Vesper Order: 'A dry Martini...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 slice of lemon-peel. Got it?'