As much a culture as a cocktail, martinis and martini-style drinks must have their own accoutrements. Here’s some of our favorite martini merchandise.
Martini glasses have evolved along with the their namesake libation. Playful shapes and lively colors have kept martini glassware
To Stem or not to Stem
Conventional martini glasses beware. Chunky-stemmed versions like these ($3.95) are quickly becoming a favorite of drinking connoisseurs. Find these hand-blown glasses in Clear at CB2.
With its own ice bowl, this two-part glass ($10.95) keeps your cocktail chilled.
Sleek and stylish, Nambé’s helix-inspired cocktail shaker ($145) stands 10 inches tall and holds 17 ounces of your favorite concoction.
Afraid of bruising your liquor with vigorous shaking? We suggest a martini pitcher with stir rod ($24.95). This modernist's martini pitcher might convince even Bond to order his martini stirred.
Perfect for serving olives, cherries, or limes, these sterling silver cocktail picks ($11.50) add a coastal touch to any drink.
(Metal Morphosis, 404/607-8307, ext. 103)
To complement your cocktails, stock the bar with martini-inspired cocktail napkins ($4) and coasters ($10).
Adding a rimmer ($6.50) of flavored sugar, chocolate, graham cracker, or espresso ensures your drinks are both delicious and memorable.
Keep napkins safe from tropical breezes with these weighted cocktail-napkin boxes ($44). Designs vary from shells, palms, and martini glasses, and set a casual beach tone.
Top off your martini-inspired evening with one of these classic films:
Casino Royal (2006)
Ian Fleming’s 1953 novel, Casino Royale, first introduced the world to Bond, James Bond. The recent film adaptation (available on DVD March 13, 2007) depicts a different type of 007 than portrayed in many other Bond films. Daniel Craig’s take on the legendary secret agent reinstates suave charisma and brooding danger. Take note of the drink Bond orders: “Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it over ice, and add a thin slice of lemon peel.”
Set in the 1990s L.A. lounge scene, Swingers chronicles the lives of a group of aspiring actors and wannabe ladies’ men. With a host of quotable lines and memorable performances from Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau (who also penned the screenplay), Swingers is more than a series of one liners strung together. It’s a humorous look at single men, life on the West Coast, and slightly dirty martinis.