Here’s another single use sterling silver gadget, a gift from Sister two Christmases ago… It’s a limited edition cocktail strainer designed for Christofle by Adam Tihany and Thomas Keller, my idol (French Laundry, Per Se and Bouchon). It’s been sitting in the closet for months waiting to be taken for a test drive… so what better time than New Year’s Eve to put it to good use?
The drink worthy of a Keller strainer? James Bond’s iconic martini, the “Vesper” of course. Three measures of Gordon’s gin, one measure of vodka, 1/2 measure of Kina Lillet (it’s NOT vermouth), lots of ice, shaken, not stirred, and served in a deep champagne goblet (a Baccarat one in this case) with a large thin slice of lemon peel. Ahhh. It’s WICKED. I am sipping one now (albeit made with vermouth as Kina Lillet was nowhere to be found) before cooking a simple dinner for New Year’s Eve. Wicked. :) My initials aren’t B., J.B., for nothing. Hahaha. :)
But frankly, I like the cocktail better when served in a more traditional martini glass, in this third photo. As the drink mellows, you see a clear, slightly yellowish liquid that is still very cold, very powerful and slightly bitter. If I finish this glass, that will be the end of dinner. In a fine mood, Marketman, family & crew wish you a wonderful New Year’s Eve celebration and great prosperity, health and happiness in 2010. The reason for the bowl of chocolate coins beside the martini? If you drink enough Vespers, they might just turn into the real thing. Cheers!