PetitsTresors Friday night cocktails dehydrated lemon

Here we sit on the couch (Editor/loving partner: it’s called a settee) on Friday night mulling over what we do for the evening.  It’s been a big week for both of us and yes, it’s time for Friday night cocktails.  After having a week of consecutive AFDs for no reason (Editor/loving partner: What!? Why did you make me do that for a week if for no reason??), must say I have been planning what cocktails I will be making for most of the day (Editor: lucky you, I was thinking about my job!)! Is that wrong? It could be, I’ve been planning what drinks we will have now since 10am (Editor/loving partner: you, poor fellow   How excited should I be?).

Time for drinks.  Let me set the mood (smart bloke - note to self:  light scented candle before making cocktails…. Editor’s/loving partner’s note: don’t worry Darling, I’ll take care of that.) light them beforehand to let the scent waft about the house and make everyone think about the drinks to come and let’s start with an old favourite soy wax candle espresso martini scent. Now we have that part set, let us start with the best … Vesper!!

Yes, I know! It’s a drink made famous by James Bond, from the very first movie Dr No (1962), then Goldfinger (1964), You Only Live Twice (1967), On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), The Spy who loved me (1977),  Moonraker (1979) The Living Daylights (1987), Licence to Kill (1989), GoldenEye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World is not Enough (1999), Die Another Day (2002), Casino Royale (2006) and Spectre (2015).  All but one James Bond movie listed above references shaken not stirred.  If you like us on Instagram and reference the answer in the comments, we will send the first 100 people with the right answer a free sample pack of our dehydrated garnishes which include dehydrated lemon, lime, blood orange and orange, for your special martini.

Vesper Martini

3 shots of Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin

1 shot Belvedere Vodka

½ shot Lillet Blanc

1 slice of dehydrated lemon peel for garnish

Vesper Martini 

Three measures of gin, one of vodka, half a measure of Lillet.

Shake it very well until it's ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel = Vesper Martini

Now this part is a very controversial point, shaken or stirred…. Most classic Martini recipes advise to stir for about 30 seconds. I have read about lots of different types of experiment, waiting different time periods, stirring for a longer time to sitting before serving for a longer time. One common result is that the colder, the Martini the better the notes or flavour become.

On a personal note, my Vesper Martini is well shaken, very cold and it is time to drink! BYE FOR NOW

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