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Ian Fleming’s Martini

True fact: when writing the famous 'shaken not stirred' line, Ian Fleming sipped on a Martini specially created for him by the genius bar staff at Dukes hotel. To sample the cocktail, we made like Bond and killed a man to get our mitts on a glass of the nectar (legal disclaimer: we definitely didn't). Details on how to make it below.

Ingredients:

Angostura Bitters

Dukes amber vermouth (or Lillet vermouth)

Potocki vodka

No 3 gin

Unwaxed orange

Method:

Place your Martini glass in the freezer for several hours until it is completely ice cold. Store your Potocki vodka in the freezer so your cocktail is chilled and refreshing.

Remove your glass from the freezer and gently add three small drops of Angostura Bitters into your frozen glass, so it lines the bottom.

Slowly pour 20ml of Dukes' amber vermouth on top of the bitters, until the mixture settles.

Pour 30ml of frozen Potocki vodka into your Martini followed by adding 50ml of No 3 gin.

Set your drink mixture aside and peel off the zest of an unwaxed orange.

Slowly twist the zest of the orange over your glass, while slightly squeezing the oil out of the orange at the same time. Carefully rim the glass with the orange peel before dropping into the drink before serving.

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