When Ian Fleming wrote his novel Casino Royal, he changed the definition of Martini’s. Unfortunately the majority of the people missed the essence of it. While everybody remembers the shaken not stirred part, they missed the other aspects he changed. He mixed Gin with Vodka (outrageous right) and switched out dry vermouth for Kina Lillet. Personaly that is the reason why this is my favorite Martini, because we get to play with different spirits and make a drink for different palates. Ranging from a fresh and aromatic tastes to complex and spicy styles.
What Bond says is: “I never have more than one drink before dinner. But I do like that one to be large, very strong, very cold and very well-made. I hate small portions of anything, particularly when they taste bad. This drink’s my own invention. I’m going to patent it when I can think of a good name.”
—Ian Fleming, Casino Royale, Chapter 7, “Rouge et Noir’
He finds the name in Vesper Lynd the Bond Girl of the novel.
What we serve at The Dylan is a combination of Bathtub Gin, Żubrówka Bison Grass Vodka and Kina L’Aero. The combination of that aromatic Vodka and the Juniper high Gin really gives a complex and playful combination. Served ice cold with a drop of Campari (a kiss don’t tell ingredient) and a large lemon twist and you have your buzz going.
So next time when ordering a Martini don’t feel limited to just saying a dry Martini with olives, but redefine the drink itself. Find your own spirit combination and garnish and tell that bartender how you like it prepared, and in the presence of a beautiful companion you have a name ready!
Manager Bar & Brasserie OCCO