When I got to be a Bond Girl!!!

Saturday afternoon saw me flitting about in the latest food festival in town – The gourmet High Street. A gentleman hailed me and said that there is a mixology session about to start with the Speakeasy ( a popular bar n restaurant in gugraon) Bartender – Yangdup Lama! And its a complimentary session (they were supposed to be paid but…)

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Excited, we sauntered into the cocktail studio and immediately were taken with the soft spoken ‘Lama’ who entertained with witty anecdotes about bar tending too.

Sidenotes: Vodka is a silent spirit which takes on the taste of whatver its mixed with; hence a big favourite for cocktails!

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He started with trivia about the Classic Martini, including James Bond’s role in making it a Vodka one rather than the Gin based.

When he asked who in the audience would like to help him make a Classic Martini; how could I miss the opportunity! Up I went along with scores of other ladies, and er…. one gentleman!

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So we poured 30 ML x 2 into a beaker full of ice cubes and then added 10 ML of Dry Vermouth to it and then stirred it all with a stirrer. The trick was to make it cold – thats why stirred and not shaken! Boy this was fun and the fumes were heady! The vermouth is actually a wine and it smelled gorgeous!

Sidenote: put ice cubes in the Martini glass to chill it. Also stirring the drink with loads of ice makes it cold and lets it stay so for long. A great Martini stays the same temperature from first sip to the last!

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And then we poured (like experts) into a cold Martini glass! Plonked in one olive and Voila, we were good to go!

Side note: the brine from the olives is added to make a ‘Dirty’ Martini!!

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Cheers James!!!!

Sidenote: This was too potent for a non-Vodka drinker like me! I personally prefer the gin one!!!

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