Drink Lifestyle

Friday Night Drinks – A Classic Vodka Martini

By Ella Mitford

When I was in my twenties I thought the height of sophistication was drinking a classic Martini, in a luxury hotel bar dressed up to the nines. These days the height of luxury usually involves my sofa and a good few hours of uninterrupted reading, however the martini has stayed. It is the perfect way to wind down from a busy week, and to feel a little elegant doing so – even in the comfort of your own home.

This week we pay tribute to the legend of Sean Connery’s Bond and get inspired by his drink of choice with a twist – by replacing the gin with a handmade Australian vodka, Grainshaker.

So whether you are staying in or heading out, start your weekend with a classic martini, of course it should be shaken not stirred. Happy Friday!

What to Drink

Classic Vodka Martini

60ml Grainshaker Rye
10ml Maidenii Dry Vermouth


1. Stir the vodka and vermouth with plenty of ice.
2. Strain into a chilled martini glass.
3. Garnish with two olives.

What to Wear

Keep it classic, black and sexy with this dress from Magali Pascal, and the perfectly executed almost-red lip. Staying at home? Try a luxurious pair of silk pyjamas from Agent Provocateur.

Magali Pascal, Baron Slip Dress, Black, $479.00, magalipascal.com
Charlotte Tilbury Red Amazing Amal Lipstick


A night of watching classic Bond films always gets us in the mood for a martini! Try From Russia With Love, Dr. No or Diamonds are Forever.

What to Listen To

We are keeping it classy with a sophisticated jazz playlist that will transport you to a luxurious hotel bar in New York. Click here to listen.

Want more? Click here for a Festive Rum and Cherry Brandy Cocktail.

Issue 2 of ele Magazine is now available for pre-order! Click here to see more!

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