One way to deftly sidestep the gin v. vodka martini debate is to include both. Bond’s vesper is shaken of course, but this recipe deviates from the Casino Royale original and calls for a stir. If ever there was a cocktail to showcase the elegance of Vancouver Island’s craft spirits and vermouth, it’s Mike Norbury’s Nootka Sound. Photography and styling by Danika Sea.
1 ½ oz Sheringham Seaside gin
1 oz Beaufort vermouth
¼ oz Sheringham vodka
2 dashes Ms. Better’s Orange Tree bitters
Stir all ingredients over ice before straining into a chilled coupe. Express the oil from a 1” piece of lemon peel over top and garnish with a dried rose bud (or a Nootka rose petal if the season allows).