The James Bond Martini : : Mixology

Classics are cemented when they become the go-to of significant folks. True story. Every great cocktail has been requested by someone in a position of importance. The Manhattan, the Old Fashioned, the Margherita (maybe) – and, in this case, it was the great Sean Connery as the OG Bond, who ordered his Martini shaken, not stirred.


If you care to listen closely, however, he orders a specific recipe, preferring Kina Lillet to Vermouth for its zest, and (of course) adding a drop of vodka.



So, to ensure you get this right, order based on parts, request stirred, and chilled – definitely chilled. As your cocktail is poured, there should be a slight icy fog through the mix as it dollops into the goblet. Garnishing with a lemon rind only adds to the zest, and cuts through the vodka.


For this, we use NZ’s own Rogue Society Gin, and Blue Duck Vodka – both born and bred in NZ, and slowly becoming staples in any cocktail cupboard worth its weight.



- 60ml Rogue Society Gin

- 20ml Blue Duck Vodka

- 10ml Kina Lillet



- Chill coupe with ice

- Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker, and shake hard

- Shake harder

- Double strain into pre-chilled coupe

- Garnish with lemon rind

- Get your pinky ready

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