Belvedere does Bond

(submitted photo)

(submitted photo)

Belvedere Vodka, created exclusively from Polish Dankowskie Rye and quadruple-distilled to create the perfect balance of character and purity, has long been known as the world’s first luxury vodka.

Completely free of additives, including sugar or glycerin, the product has long been lauded for its naturally smooth finish and bold character.

So, it is no surprise that the brand has now aligned with another smooth, bold character—James Bond.

This November, Belvedere is officially partnering with 007 himself to create collector’s edition bottles in honor of SPECTRE, the highly anticipated 24th installment of the James Bond series, which is in theatres now.

The SPECTRE

The Belvedere 007 SPECTRE Bottle features the iconic James Bond gun barrel. A closer look reveals the mark of the SPECTRE organization and a recipe for the timeless “Shaken Not Stirred 007” martini. Available at most high-end grocery stores, pricing starts at $24.99.

The SABER

The 1.75L Belvedere 007 Silver Saber Bottle features elegant lines and a polished metallic finish. Etched by a laser, the iconic 007 mark illuminates in homage to the cutting-edge style celebrated by Belvedere and Bond.

The Silver Sabers will be available at high-end nightlife venues including the W Scottsdale, Maya Day + Night Club, Dakota, and Bottled Blonde. Pricing will vary.

In addition, the brands have collaborated on custom 007 shakers, now available at Fry’s and fine liquor stores across Arizona, as well as specialty cocktails—available across the Valley throughout November—to celebrate the partnership.

Here are some of our favorites recipes:

Belvedere SPECTRE 007

  • 1 ½ ounces Belvedere 007 Vodka
  • ½ ounce lime juice
  • ¼ ounce simple syrup
  • 4 fresh raspberries
  • Top Fever Tree Ginger Beer

Combine all ingredients except ginger beer in the base of a mixing tin, add ice, and shake vigorously. Strain over fresh ice in a highball glass and top with ginger beer. Garnish with a wedge of lime and a raspberry.

Belvedere Double O

  • ¾ ounce Belvedere 007 Vodka
  • ¾ ounce French dry Vermouth
  • ¾ ounce Italian sweet Vermouth
  • 1 slice olive
  • 1 slice orange

Build in highball. Top with sparkling lemonade. Garnish with olive and orange slice.

Belvedere SPECTRE 007 Martini

  • 2 ounces Belvedere 007 Vodka
  • ¼ ounce dry Vermouth
  • .15 milliliters Sicilian green olive brine
  • 1 Sicilian green olive (washed)

Gently muddle olives in base of mixing glass. Add remaining ingredients and shake hard with ice. Double strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a single Sicilian green olive.

Reverse Vesper Martini

  • 2 ½ ounces Belvedere 007 Vodka
  • ¾ ounces Tanqueray 10 Gin
  • .25 ounces dry Vermouth
  • Lemon zest

Shake all ingredients until very cool. Fine strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with lemon zest.

Ms. Bailin is a volunteer correspondent at the North Valley Office of Independent Newsmedia.

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