I do like organizing parties and events, whether it’s for work or in my own leisure time. In Hong Kong an often loved activity is taking a junk boat for the night or day, which essentially means a booze cruise.
Decided to take one out on a Friday night and make it a theme junk…as it was night-time, so no one would be going swimming. Theme chosen was “Bond Glamour”, as knew this would be one boys would make just as much effort as the girls.
In my usual party planning fashion, I went a bit overboard, sending everyone (via old-fashioned snail mail) postcard invitations in gold envelopes marked ‘Top Secret’.
I then ensured to supply enough Vesper martinis on the boat. This is the proper and original martini as described in detail by Ian Fleming. Basically – one part vodka, three parts gin, 1/2 part vermouth (instead of Lillet, which apparently is hard to find) and a twist of lemon. It has a serious kick…basically its rocket fuel! The key is to serve it ice cold and then it is actually quite nice…but, it doesn’t make it less lethal (let’s just say, the ride back to Hong Kong was complete crazy chaos). We even pulled out a roulette shot wheel, as we played the James Bond soundtrack on heavy rotation.
“Three measures 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?”
–Casino Royale, Chapter 7