The African Martini – from the New Bond Book – SOLO – Spoiler Free Zone!

Today is the launch of “Solo”, the new James Bond book by William Boyd. In true Fleming tradition, it’s packed full of detail on food and drink; there’s even a recipe for a vinegarette, as well as instructions on making a Vodka Martini and, finally, a new cocktail. I’m a big Bond fan (both books and films) and having now read the book in its entirety, I think that this is probably the best Bond novel since Kingsley Amis’ (Rober Markum) “Colonel Sun”.

Most of my writing on the new Bond Book will be on http://www.tjbd.co.uk, but, as this is a gin drink, I thought I’d share it with you:

SoloAfrican Martini

The African Martini

Gordon’s Gin (47.3% ABV Export)
Limes
Ice
Tumblers

Pour a couple of fingers-worth of gin (50ml) into the glass, add the juice of half a lime (throw away the shells), and add ice. Give it a quick swirl.

When you want another drink, just build it on top of the remains of the existing one.

The Taste
A great combination of flavours and the use of Gordon’s harks back to the Vesper from Casino Royale. It is strong, yet refreshing and mellows with ice melt. The essential flavours are, understandably, juniper and lime and I think that it’s simple, but rather lovely. Essentially, it is a gin sour (without the sugar).

Postscript Inspired by Bond/Boyd’s African Martini:
Having made the drink above, I made a variation of my own:

Evans On Safari

Gordon’s Gin (47.3% ABV Export)
Lemons and Limes
Ice Tumblers

Pour a couple of fingers-worth of gin (50ml) into the glass, add the juice of quarter of a lime and quarter of a lemon (throw away the quarters), and add ice. Give it a quick swirl.

When you want another drink, just build it on top of the remains of the existing one.

This is inspired by the Evans Gin & Tonic (which uses both lemon and lime as garnishes). It has a more mellow and crisper (less sour) taste than the original, producing a slightly more nonchalant version.

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partial to a martini? to a smoke-hazed gin joint & a perfect tipple poured with the style, swank & skill of a true aficionado? …then pull up your stool to the bar, prepare to stock up your cocktail cabinet & get ready to drink it all in as we introduce you to a stitch in times’ resident barman… David T. Smith is a drinks enthusiast currently residing in the U.K. a long-time fan of tasting & exploring various types of alcohol, he has a fascination for vintage spirits and cocktails, in particular their heritage & origins; this was strengthened last year when he presented a talk and accompanying monograph on the Martini. it was as a result of his research of this topic that he was introduced to drinks paraphernalia, & he is now the happy owner of a colourful collection of bottles, books, and gadgets from a wide range of eras… an avid believer in the validity and variety of personal opinion, particularly in the subjective area of tasting, he enjoys hosting tasting sessions for friends, constantly challenging them to find their own favourite tipple. in addition to all of this, he is also interested in economics, three-piece suits, board games & keeping alive the art of engaging in enjoyable conversation with a good glass of port whilst surrounded by pipe smoke… www.summerfruitcup.com Thanks to Analiebe for writing this rather flattering blurb for me.

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