Friday, 3 July 2015


You Only Live Twice
(Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse, Music by John Barry)

Produced, arranged and performed by Jeff Mellin
Mastered by Pete Weiss

Sean Connery in the Canadian Broadcasting Company's production of William Shakespeare's "Macbeth"
(Public Domain, courtesy
Pickens Sisters, "Did You Ever See A Dream Walking"
(Public Domain, courtesy

The Perfect Martini*

Fill your martini glass with ice.
Pour one shot of dry vermouth over the ice.

Pour the ice and vermouth into a cocktail shaker.
Shake. (Don't stir.)

Stain the vermouth back into the martini glass.
Save the ice in the shaker.

Gently swish the vermouth around to coat the inside of the glass.
Dump the vermouth.

Pour two shots of quality gin** over the vermouth-soaked ice in the vermouth-soaked shaker.
Shake. (Don't stir.)

Strain the gin into your martini glass.

Garnish with three olives***.



*Based loosely on a hazy memory of the teachings of guitarist/photographer/bartender/probable spy Jonas Kahn from way back in the 20th century.

**Yes, Bond prefers vodka, but, as is often the case with government officials, Bond is wrong. A drink this simple requires the subtle juniper berry-infused complexity of gin. If you insist on vodka, try using Absolut Peppar, garnished with fresh basil and a cherry tomato. If you’re in a Bond film, drink with Special Agents Basil and Cherry Tomato.

***If you prefer your martini garnished with a twist of lemon, I’d recommend using Philadelphia's own citrus-infused Bluecoat American Gin ( I don’t know if that’s appropriate for an agent of Her Majesty's Secret Service, but again, neither is vodka.

For a Manhattan -- which is what I’ll be having tonight, thank you -- substitute the dry vermouth with sweet, the gin with Kentucky bourbon, and garnish with maraschino cherry.

****Responsibly, of course. You've got a world to save. What's that? It's never been a problem before? Well then...

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