Bars are shaking and stirring up special cocktails to tie in with the release of the latest James Bond movie, Spectre.
Many are serving up the official Belvedere Spectre 007 Martini, created for Belvedere Vodka to mark its partnership with the film. It is a modern twist on the classic Dirty Martini, mixing Belvedere with Sicilian green olive and a hint of Sicilian olive brine, shaken and strained into a chilled Martini glass.
It is one of the drinks on the special menu available at The Drawing Room at boutique hotel Flemings Mayfair in London throughout October alongside a more classic Vodka Martini made with Belvedere, dry vermouth and a lemon twist.
Other cocktails at the bar include The Fleming, named after Bond’s creator and the hotel itself, which is a champagne cocktail featuring Grand Marnier, Chambord and lime juice.
The Frost is inspired by beautiful Bond villain Miranda Frost, played by British actor Rosamund Pike, which is a sweet and sharp drink combining lychee liqueur, fresh raspberries, lime juice and vodka.
At W London hotel, the Spectre Cocktail (pictured) is available until November 8, described as “smooth and sharp with a punchy kick”. It combines Tanqueray No Ten gin and Belvedere Vodka with plum wine, finished off with a dash of vermouth, for a rich and fruity twist on a Vesper – one of Bond’s favourite cocktails.
The Spectre Cocktail
20ml Belvedere Vodka
30ml Tanqueray No Ten gin
30ml Plum wine
10ml White vermouth
Pour in all the ingredients, stir and serve in a coupette with a grapefruit twist.
Some of the scenes in Spectre were shot at London Marriott Hotel County Hall on the South Bank so its Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar is promoting a classic Martini, shaken not stirred, to tie in with the film. They are combining No 3 Gin with vermouth, shaken well – for about 20 seconds – and strained into a martini cocktail class and garnished with an olive or a lemon twist.