How To Make ‘The Fleming 89’ Martini

The late Christopher Hitchens once said:

What is James Bond really doing when he specifies the kind of Martini he wants and how he wants it? He is telling the bartender that he knows what he is talking about and is not to be messed around”

Duke's Hotel on St. James Place

Duke’s Hotel on St. James Place

These days, anyone and everyone can order a good Martini to exacting specifications; but do you know how to order a Fleming 89?

The drink was specially created at Ian Fleming’s favorite Cocktail Bar – Duke’s Hotel on St. James Place in London to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first Bond film to hit the silver screen. A famously frequent patron, Fleming wrote chunks of his first novel, Casino Royale at Dukes, and is said to have dreamed up the famous “shaken not stirred” line — as well as Bond’s classic Vesper Martini — in the saloon.

The cocktail gets its name partly from Ian Fleming and Bond’s fragrance of choice, Floris No.89, which in turn was named after the number of the shop in Jermyn Street. Using various ingredients written in the original 1951 formula book for the No.89 fragrance at Floris, legendary Duke’s Barman Alessandro Palazzi, carefully picked out essences and oils that inspired him and which he knew he could experiment with in the creation of a martini.

Alessandro Palazzi

Alessandro Palazzi

After several attempts and much tasting Alessandro arrived at the final creation that he knew was a fine representation of the fragrance and the perfect tribute to Fleming himself. He uses Polish vodka in honour of Polish-born Christine Granville, a wartime spy on whom Fleming is said to have based the character of double-agent femme fatale Vesper Lynd. If you visit Duke’s be prepared to spend around £18.95 for it.

111020-Floris-No-89-100-ml-martini-fleming-2Ingredients:

  • Vodka infused with Tonka beans (used in the cologne)
  • Chocolate bitters
  • Dukes’ specially-made English Amber Vermouth
  • Stolichnaya ELIT vodka
  • Rose liqueur

How To Make It:

  1. Infuse 750 ml of Russian vodka with a handful of the vanilla-scented beans to create his special elixir;
  2. In a frosted martini glass, add a sugared rose, the infused vodka, English vermouth, a few drops of chocolate bitter and top it off with the infused Russian vodka;
  3. Gives it a spritz of rose liqueur.

Bottoms Up!

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