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Shaken not stirred: celebrate the history of the martini

Posted at 3:30 pm, August 8, 2014 in Food & Drink, Fun London
Legends of the Martini

What kind of martini drinker are you? A James Bond shaken not stirred type? Garnished with a twist of grapefruit peel? Or do you prefer your martini wet with lashings of Vermouth? If you’re a late comer to the martini appreciation party and haven’t honed your ideal tipple, well then you should get down to the Royal Academy of Arts‘ new installation. Thanks to the folk at Belvedere Vodka, you can swot up at an immersive exhibition about the history of the martini and the glitterati who supped on the classic cocktail in the Senate Rooms, before your taste buds are tantalised at the tasting bar to determine what type of martini drinker you are.

Legends of the Martini

So after you’ve had your Dita von Teese moment in a giant martini glass – girls, be sure to wear flats to retain your dignity when clambering in and out of said plastic glass – and given your sense of smell an overhaul sniffing different martini aromas and sat in a giant cocktail shaker watching a video, which is as close to entering the Tardis as I will ever experience, you get to perch at the bar and have a mixologist extraordinaire concoct three miniature versions of dry, wet and reverse martinis to sample.

If you just fancy a giggle and the perfect Instagram moment, the exhibition is free, but if you want to impress next time you’re out on the tiles and find your inner martini drinker, then splash out £15 for the tasting experience. Bottoms up.

Find out more about the Legends of the Martini exhibition

By Freire Barnes

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