Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Blue “Vesper” Martini: Shaken not Stirred

In the 1953 Ian Fleming novel Casino Royale, James Bond ordered the then unnamed Vesper Martini. He requested a dry martini. “Just a moment. Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, and half a measure of Kina Lillet”. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, then, add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?” Well, here we are in 2015 and I think it might be time to give that Vesper an update! When I received the b’Lure Butterfly Pea Flower Extract from Wild Hibiscus Flower Company, I knew a Blue “Vesper” was in order. Our generous sponsor also sent along Wild Hibiscus Flowers in Syrup. Talk about a gorgeous cocktail! It’s always nice to have a spectacular garnish. Who needs a lemon peel! I prepared and served this delightful cocktail as we waited for our first course.

The Blue “Vesper” Martini: Shaken not Stirred
by Susan R-H

3 ounces Gin (I chose our local distilled Bluecoat)
1 ounce Vodka, pick your favorite
12-15 drops b’Lure Butterfly Pea Flower Extract
1 Wild Hibiscus Flower with a bit of the syrup, just for the beauty of the garnish

Chill a martini glass. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the gin, vodka and b’Lure. Shake until really cold! Put a bit of syrup in the glass and top with the Wild Hibiscus Flower, then, gently pour the martini in the glass. It will be pretty and very tasty. I sort of felt like a spy while sipping this. I just wish I had his car……

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