Cocktail Friday: Spectre Martini

Despite middling reviews (including one from me), the 24th James Bond film Spectre wiped up at the national and international box office last week, and should coast into the holidays on top. And one reason, of course, if 007’s drink of choice, the vodka martini. Belvedere Vodka (a sponsor of the film) shared with us James’ preferred martini — shaken, of course … not stirred.

2 oz. Belvedere vodka

1/3 oz. dry vermouth

1 Sicilian green olive (and a splash of brine)

Making it: Gently muddle a few olives in the bottom of a mixing glass. Add remaining ingredients and shake hard with ice. Double strain to a chilled martini glass. Garnish.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Cocktail Friday: New Year Tippler

Belvedere tipplerChances are at midnight on Dec. 31, you had a glass of champagne. But ringing in the New Year doesn’t have to only have bubbles in it. Try this sparlking vodka drink this weekend to keep the spirit (and the spirits) bright.

2 oz. Belvedere vodka

1/4 oz. St.-Germain elderflower liqueur

3/4 oz. Moet champagne

Making it: Combine the vodka and liqueur in a shaker and pour into a chilled flute. Top with a float of Moet, and garnish with lemon rind.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Watch the Texas-OU game and help out a worthy cause: Equality Watch at The Brick on Saturday

Any football fans out there? Any Texas Longhorn fans? What about some Boomer Sooners? If so, then here’s something you may want to check out:

Equality Texas and The Equality Network out of Oklahoma are coming together on Saturday, Oct. 2, to host “Equality Watch,” featuring the annual Texas/OU game on TV, to raise money for the two LGBT equality organizations. It is sponsored by Bud Light and Belvedere Vodka.

The party is being held at The Brick/Joe’s. Admission is $25 at the door, and that gets you access to a complimentary buffet and drink specials. Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m., but the party runs from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. So be prepared to get there early and stay late.

—  admin