Casual Thursday: 007

Vesper Martini

 

Its name is Thursday, Casual Thursday. With Skyfall now playing in theaters, we at the Hoya couldn’t help but give a little shout out to the sexiest, British-Secret-Service-Agent known to the fictional world. James Bond has made the Vesper a symbol of luxury, power, and sex. So who wouldn’t want to order a “vodka martini. Shaken. Not stirred.”?  The answer… no one. Everyone secretly wants to be that chiseled god…who “mixes business with girls and thrills.”

A little history behind the Vesper: the original recipe calls for three measures of Gordon’s Dry Gin, one measure of good Vodka (not Burnett’s), a half a measure of Lillet (an expensive French appertif wine with hints of herb and lemon), and a large lemon peel for garnish. The Bond Girl is then supposed to shake these ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, strain, serve it, and proceed to the bedroom.

The point is a Vesper is not necessarily available to most Hoyas…a good martini can be pretty pricey. Our staple drinks seem to be Natty Light or flavored Burnett’s and some sort of fizzy chaser. So what to do? You want a casual Thursday, but you want your drink of choice on the caliber of 007’s.

Try these recipes!

The Hoya Vesper

>Three measures of dry gin

>One and a half measures of Lemon Burnett’s

>One lemon peel (if you are feeling extra fancy)

Measure into your make-shift-red-solo-cup-cocktail-shaker. Gently shake (you do not want to melt the ice or break your priceless shaker). Strain and pour into your finest red solo cup. Serve with a dash of lemon juice for a little extra pizazz.

007 Punch (for a gathering)

>Two 2-liter servings of dry gin

>One bottle of Lemon Burnett’s

>One 2-liter bottle of Minute Maid Lemonade

Mixes easy. Just add people. Be sure to blast Adele’s Skyfall

Photo cred: https://hellotailor.tumblr.com/post/34359769446/shaken-not-stirred-the-perfect-james-bond-martini

Guide Grooves: Muse and Matt & Kim

Guide Grooves from October 5 from thehoya on 8tracks Radio.

If you didn’t find the time to read The Guide over the long weekend (or if you scampered from town before the issue came out), you missed out on the best guide to food in D.C. Too bad. Fortunately, though we’ve got a taste (no pun intended — or was it?) of the music reviewed in last week’s issue. Muse — everyone’s favorite mildly rebellious British band — released an album we thought could be “the soundtrack to almost any bad dystopian movie” in  a disappointing follow-up to their incredible 2009 album The Resitance. In the meantime, Matt & Kim continued to astound us with their awesome vocals an drum beats. So, take a break to enjoy these awesome (or maybe not-so-awesome) new beats.

The 2nd Law: Unsustainable — Muse I sort of feel like I’m drowning or watching a movie where the world collapses for the first minute, then the song gets so boring I get depressed at how such a great band like Muse could make a song this subpar. It feels like the band itself is living in a dystopia.

Madness — Muse By far the best song from The 2nd Law. It reminds us of Muse’s roots in a strong lead male vocal, superb beats and an electronic-type beat that is interesting, yet consistent throughout the song.

Now — Matt & Kim This is a totally different style of song for Matt & Kim. That said, it’s a great use of their already-proven talents — Matt’s truly unique voice that exudes positivity and makes you want to dance and Kim’s being absolutely stellar on the drums. Love this song.

It’s Alright — Matt & Kim I couldn’t agree more with The Guide’s review that this song is one of the most danceable songs ever created by this duo. Try not to tap your feet. I dare you.

Ride — Lana Del Rey We all know the Lana Del Rey jokes about her performance earlier this year on SNL. Yes, it was awful. And, yes, “Video Games” is one song I hope to never hear as long as I live. But I like this song! And for someone who hates Lana Del Rey as much as I do, that says a lot.

Closer — Tegan and Sara I am totally moving my head obnoxiously and every time that they scoop their voice at the end of the song I get very happy. A generally good song.

Red — Taylor Swift This song sounds like every other Taylor Swift song, so you’ll probably like it. I don’t, but I don’t like T-Swift all that much. This song also bothers me because the first line is, “Love is like driving a new Maserati down a dead end street.” What, T-Swift? Sorry…

Skyfall — ADELE My addition to this playlist. Love James Bond. Love Adele.