Martini, Vodka Martini. This is 007's cocktail. Of course, martinis predated the literary and cinematic franchise that Ian Fleming spawned. However, those martinis used gin. Due to my obsession with James Bond, I've read a lot about his drinks and drinking habits (I even attended a seminar) and contributed to the discourse, e.g. click here to read about a cocktail I associate with the movie Goldfinger.
This recipe comes from a man who knows a lot about James Bond -- Sir Roger Moore. With apologies to Sir Roger, I changed the recipe ever so slightly:
3 ounces vodka (I recommend Zyr)
.5 ounces dry vermouth (I used Noilly Prat)
Pour the vermouth in a martini glass, swirl it around, then pour the excess into a shaker. Swirl the vermouth around the shaker, and discard the remainder. Put two ice cubes and the vodka into the shaker, shake as if you're maneuvering an Aston Martin DB 5 around Blofeld's trap, then put the shaker and the glass in the freezer. Wait 30 minutes (if you can) and strain the shaker's contents into the glass. Garnish with lemon.
Click here for an article in the Guardian in which Moore discusses how he makes a vodka martini. Even though I really like Zyr, use whichever vodka you prefer.
You'll notice that a shaken vodka martini clashes with the Hamlet Cocktail Conundrum. Why shake a cocktail that has no citrus or egg white? Shouldn't you stir it? Technically you should stir, not shake. But in the spirit (pun intended) of James Bond, dare to be different. There will be no spectre of a weak drink.