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September 29, 2003

Shaken not stirred

Astute Flea-readers know of the my gentleman adventurer duties by night and blogger duties by later night. The life the Flea is not all Australian popstars in wet T-shirts, however, as there is the constant need to keep up appearances. It is critical to ensure luxury brand choices match up with the debonnaire cocktail party conversation. Bollingers is the obvious champagne choice, for example.

Dr. No: “A medium dry martini, lemon peel, shaken, not stirred.”
Bond: “Vodka?”
Dr. No: “Of course.”

Perhaps someone will be able to tell me if James Bond had a vodka preference. Granted all those Smirnoff product placements in the films, I find it difficult to believe Commander Bond would injest Smirnoff Citrus Twist or any other flavoured vodka. Finlandia seems even less likely. Do the novels offer a clue? Despite the Absolut theme on this week's sidebar the Flea's choice is Stolichnaya. Bolli. Stoli. It even sounds right.

Shake it!

And then... This James Bond resource looks promising though I would still take Bollinger over Taittinger (and not a word about the over-rated Veuve Clicquot).

"When M. poured him three fingers from the frosted carafe Bond took a pinch of black pepper and dropped it on the surface of the vodka. The pepper slowly settled to the bottom of the glass leaving a few grains on the surface which Bond dabbed up with the tip of a finger. Then he tossed the cold liquor well to the back of his throat and put his glass, with the dregs of the pepper at the bottom, back on the table."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 29, 2003 09:32 AM


As I recall, the pepper was an "acquired taste" (like with authentic retsina). In this case, it was due to the need, with bootleg Russian vodka, to sprinkle some pepper in it to bond with by surface tension and so remove the fusil oil (also here, defined here).

Posted by: *** Dave at September 29, 2003 10:35 AM

There is only one vodka worthy of the Pocus!


All else is rubbish.

Posted by: Rue at September 29, 2003 01:30 PM