Toasting the New Year in James Bond style

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by mponto

khou.com

Posted on November 16, 2009 at 2:12 PM

Bond...James Bond.There's nothing like bringing in the New Year with a glass of the bubbly. But this year's hottest drink has nothing to do with champagne. It's all about the martini...or I should say: the BLUE martini.

Unlike James Bond who has been drinking martinis since Ian Flemming wrote Casino Royale, I've only been a martini girl for the last decade.

I started with the girlie ones. You know -- cosmos and the occasional decadent chocolate martini, but for the last few years it's been the traditional vodka martini - crisp and clean. I've also been known to get the dirty martini - but just a little dirty with two olives.

But here's my problem: While I love martinis, I have no idea how to make them. They always turn out too strong and just not satisfying. In fact, I've been told from my friends that they are more of a punishment to drink than a treat at the end of the day.

So with the holiday season upon us, and the possibility that I may have to serve beverages to my friends, I turned to the experts at Hpnotiq vodka for help.

blue-champagne.jpgJust like champagne, their brand of vodka is bottle in France, but it's not the type of vodka you would use to make a traditional martini.

First of all it's special because - well, it's blue. And secondly, they've blended their premium vodka with natural fruit juices and a splash of cognac.

So if you've ever wondered what those cool blue drinks were that people are drinking in all the hottest clubs, that it's. It's Hynotiq vodka!

Here's a couple of easy recipes that they gave me to try out. They swear they are so foolproof that even a novice bartender like me wouldn't be able to screw them up.

Tinsel Bellini
2 oz. HPNOTIQ
1 oz. Limoncello
1 oz. Champagne
Splash of lime juice
Rim the Champagne Flute with a light coat of sugar.
Pour chilled HPNOTIQ, Limoncello and Champagne into the champagne flute. Add a splash of lime juice.

Jack Frost Martini
2 oz. HPNOTIQ
2 oz. super premium vodka
Splash of Cointreau
Splash of lime juice
Shake with ice just like in a James Bond movie and strain into a martini glass.

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