Can anybody name a reasonably priced 90 proof gin that's available in the UK?!
Grain Vodka is easy to get hold of, and I've found a site that sells Lillet Blanc, but I know nothing about Gin so don't know how to locate a decent, reasonably priced 90-proof Gin in the UK
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That would rely completely on what is reasonable to you. I would pay ￡16.00-￡20 Gordon's Special Dry London Gin (1L) and at Tesco ￡16.00 (I have seen it for ￡12.00 for internet purchase) and ￡19.48 at Acado.
"A dry martini," he said. "One. In a deep champagne goblet."
"Just a moment. Three measure of Gordon's, one of vodka, 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?"
"Certainly, monsieur." The barman seemed pleased with the idea.
"Gosh, that's certainly a drink," said Leiter.
"When I'm..er..concentrating," he explained, "I never have more than one drink before dinner. But I do like that one to be large and very strong and very cold and very well-made. I hate small portions of anything, particularly when they taste bad. This drink's my own invention. I'm going to patent it when I can think of a good name."
Later in the book, Bond dubs the drink the Vesper. Vesper Lynd is Bond's romantic interest, and unfortunately is also a double agent. A bit of Bond trivia: Lynd is also the only woman Bond ever proposed to, other than his wife, Tracy.
The Vesper Martini Recipe
The original ingredients:
3 parts Gordon's Gin
1 part vodka - preferably grain vodka, not potato
1/2 part Kina Lillet
The modern substitutes:
3 parts 94 proof gin, such as Tanqueray
1 part vodka, such as Sobieski Polish vodka
1/2 part Lillet Blanc or dry vermouth
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled shaker, and shake until icy cold. Strain into a deep champagne goblet or a large cocktail glass (Bond prefers the goblet), and add a large, thin slice of lemon peel.
Some good ones that I use are Beefeater, Bombay Sapphire, and Tanqueray. They are all 94 proof and a little over 20 bucks a liter. I believe they are all from England too but I am not completely sure of the Beefeater.
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If you are simply using it for a martini, and aren't a gin drinker normally, just get a supermarkets own brand.
Tesco is pretty good for mixing with other things if taste isn't that important
While Bombay, Gordon's and Tanqueray are all decent, the BEST of the rest,(and best of them all) is Boodles