Tuesday, November 3, 2015

'SPECTRE 007' Martini Is 'Shaken, Not Stirred'

By Darlene Donloe

There are two lines in the James Bond movie franchise that have become classics.

The first is ‘Bond, James Bond.’

The second is ‘shaken, not stirred,’ which is equally iconic. 

The ‘shaken, not stirred’ line refers to how James Bond likes his martini prepared.

A demonstration on how to make those legendary cocktails, using Belvedere vodka, was held recently inside the Vod Box at Nic’s Beverly Hills.  It was part of a promotion for the November 6 release of Spectre, the latest 007 adventure. The film opened in the UK with a historic performance, grabbing an estimated £41.7  ($63.8 million) in the first seven days of release. It’s expected to have a huge opening in the U.S. as well.

In the 28 degree Vod Box, one of Nic’s master mixologist demonstrated two different kinds of martinis, one is a standard martini using two ounces of Belvedere vodka, the other is called Spectre 007, named after the movie. That particular drink uses an ounce and a half of Belvedere vodka.

Below is a demonstration of a traditional martini.

Nic’s Beverly Hills is a martini bar owned by Larry Nicola who insists, ‘it’s the spirit of vodka’ that makes it special. He travels to Warsaw to procure Belvedere, which he calls an ‘elegant vodka.’

Larry Nicola

Brian Stewart, a Belvedere mixology ambassador, calls the spirit, ‘pure, sexy and fun.’

He explained that there is a clear difference between a martini being ‘shaken, not stirred.’ Apparently the distribution of oxygen enhances the overall flavor profile.

Belvedere's Brian Stewart

Below is a demonstration of how to make the special SPECTRE martini. Take a look.

In honor of the latest release, there is a limited edition Belvedere 007 SPECTRE bottle available at premium retailers worldwide that features the iconic James Bond gun barrel. There is also the mark of the SPECTRE organization and a recipe for the popular ‘Shaken Not Stirred’ 007 martini.

Nic's Beverly Hills is located at 453 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

In the latest 007 drama a cryptic message from the past sends James Bond (Daniel Craig) on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the forbidden widow of an infamous criminal.  Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organization known as SPECTRE.

Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond’s actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr. White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot.

LINK TO TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4UDNzXD3qA

As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks, played by Christoph Waltz.

Sam Mendes returns to direct SPECTRE, with Daniel Craig reprising his role as 007 for the fourth time. SPECTRE is produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, from a script by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Jez Butterworth.

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