Roger Moore never said ‘Vodka martini, shaken not stirred” in any of his seven James Bond films. I’ve always liked dry martinis stirred but I’m willing to try anything once. While looking for a recipe for a dry martini I stumbled across an article from 2015 where Roger Moore explained his preferred recipe.
You start with swilling a martini glass with an eggcup measure of the dry vermouth Noilly Prat. Then tip the Noilly Prat from the glass into a cocktail shaker and do the same. Discard any excess.
Wipe the rim of the glass with lemon zest and drop a couple of ice cubes into the shaker.
Add a good measure of Tanqueray gin.
Give the cocktail mixer a little shake and then put it in the freezer for 30 minutes with the glass. Shaking adds a little more water that stiring. altering the taste of the gin.
Half an hour later retrieve your chilled glass and shaker, then pour and serve with olives skewered on a toothpick.
Unfortunately at the time of the article Roger Moore was a diabetic and could no longer drink his favourite dry martini. But he did mention that if he found he had only 24 hours to live, he’d have six of them.
He died of Cancer this year on the of 24th of May. And I like to think there was an empty martini glass on his bedside table..
After trying one to Roger Moore’s liking, why not try one of these…
This is the recipe for the ‘Vesper’ (vodka martini) as mentioned by Ian Fleming:
3 measures of Gordon’s gin
1 measure of vodka
1/2 a measure of Kina Lillet
Shake until ice cold and serve with a large thin slice of lemon peel in a deep champagne goblet.
I’m sure you have your preferred method of making a dry martini. If you could drop the recipe in the comments I’d love to try it out.
I’m @Documentally on twitter …raising my glass to the late great Roger Moore.