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As the favoured drink of James Bond, the martini carries a certain cachet. Thankfully it doesn’t take 007-level cool to enjoy one, but this sophisticated drink does require boldness of heart.

Variations abound, but bartenders agree: the martini is a three-ingredient cocktail, containing vodka or gin, vermouth and a garnish, all served in a martini glass. Martinis can be customized with different brands of base spirits and made with more or less vermouth; they can be shaken, stirred, wet (more vermouth), dry (less vermouth) or served on the rocks. They can be garnished with olives, lemon twists and bitters, but they cannot be diluted with juice, pop or fruity liqueurs and still be considered martinis.

Why?

“Tinis [like appletinis, crantinis and the like] are not martinis, end of story,” says Belvedere Vodka Global Brand Ambassador Ali Dedianko. “They are cocktails — albeit often delicious cocktails  —  served in martini glasses, but that’s where the similarities finish.”

Still, variety abounds, so we asked Dedianko to come up with three martini recipes, one for each major Bond archetype: the hero, the villain and the girl. Choose your personality, choose your poison and enjoy.

For James Bond

CLASSIC BELVEDERE MARTINI
2 Oz Belvedere Vodka
.25 Oz Dolin Dry Vermouth
Combine ingredients in mixing glass and stir over ice until very cold. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a single green olive.

For the strong, silent villain – Oddjob in Goldfinger

White Manhattan
60ml / 2 oz Belvedere Unfiltered
10ml / ¼ oz Dolin Rouge
2 dashes lavender bitters

Combine all ingredients in a rocks glass over one large ice cube.

For a Bond girl who appreciates nice jewelry — Tiffany Case in Diamonds are Forever

Pearly Queen Martini
60ml / 2 oz Belvedere Vodka
10ml / ¼ oz Lillet Rose
1/8 bar spoon crushed pearl powder

Combine all ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with an expressed lemon twist and discard.

Recipes courtesy Belvedere