MARTINI® Royale Casting and the winner is

Bárbara González, 27, from Pamplona, Spain, has been crowned the winner of the MARTINI® Royale Casting and will follow in the footsteps of previous MARTINI® stars such as Charlize Theron, Naomi Campbell and Monica Bellucci. MARTINI® announced its new female star at the iconic Terrazza MARTINI® in the city of Milan.
Bárbara’s first role will be to star in a new advertising campaign for MARTINI® Italian Sparkling Wines which will air in December 2012. Bárbara will also receive €150,000, 12 pairs of Christian Louboutin shoes and 12 designer outfits from Bárbara has an exciting year ahead and will join Yuri Buzzi, winner of the 2011 MARTINI® Kisser Casting, playing a lead role in the MARTINI® 150th anniversary celebrations throughout 2013.

The MARTINI® Royale Casting was a global search to find a woman who best personified the philosophy of the iconic brand – LUCK IS AN ATTITUDE. International judge Christian Louboutin helped to launch the campaign which ran in 23 countries at the London Design Museum in May.

More than 3,500 women applied and were whittled down to just 28 semi-finalists who competed in a series of challenging tasks on the beaches and hot spots of Ibiza in August. These challenges, designed to showcase the attitude, style and personality of the candidates were all filmed as part of an entertainment series shown on The 28 semi-finalists then battled it out to gain the most votes and earn their place in the final stage of the search in Milan. Through and online contest, the public voted in the thousands for their four favourites while three additional “wildcards” were chosen to travel to Milan for the final competition by MARTINI® by an international judging panel consisting of Christian Louboutin, founder Sarah Curran, and MARTINI® Global Category Director, Arnaud Meysselle. The seven finalists hit the streets of Italy’s style capital in the final chapter of the MARTINI® Royale Casting and had the unique opportunity to visit the home of MARTINI® in the town of Pessione near Turin. At Pessione, the finalists discovered more about the rich history and heritage of MARTINI® – one of the world’s great, iconic global brands and its drinks.

Bárbara, who has competed for Spain at the Sydney and Beijing Olympic Games as a rhythmic gymnast, is now passionate and determined to become an actress. It was her charismatic and stylish attitude that shone through to the International judging panel. Following the announcement, Bárbara said “I’m very happy and this is a dream for me. I will work very hard to make everyone that has made this possible very proud of me”.
Christian Louboutin commented, “I was looking for someone who is happy to show her true character and Bárbara surprised me with her sense of fun and smart attitude.”

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There’s an innate indulgence interwoven through the concept of spring break; the same kind flooded through a midday siesta. That is, the indulgence of rest. A moment of stillness amidst a season well-regarded for life, energy and rebirth. What better way to toast to the first days of spring than with a beautifully crafted Martini — the drink writer E. B. White once called “the elixir of quietude” — mixed and shaken from your favourite Moët Hennessy Diageo spirits? Bar tools at the ready: Lifestyle Asia Hong Kong’s ‘The Home Bar’ series returns with an all-new cocktail recipe courtesy of mixologist extraordinaire Lorenzo Antinori, with notes taken from easy, breezy spring break afternoons.
Our host Lorenzo Antinori — Beverage Manager of Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, Beverage Ambassador of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Asia Pacific and occasional Lifestyle Asia Hong Kong columnist — delivers his professional expertise from beyond the mysterious, moneyed depths of Four Seasons Hong Kong’s Caprice Bar. A bartender’s raison d’être behind every shaken-and-served tipple is the final execution; the presence of perfectly curated flavour — introduced, savoured and, most importantly, shared.
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The Spring Break Martini exemplifies a modern-day conundrum. A rapid-fire, high-impact, pre-batched execution tempered against Belvedere’s Polish traditionalism; slow and steady, six centuries in the making.
The seduction of a vodka Martini lies in its composition. The iconic thin-stemmed, conical glass; chilled and misty. A well-garnished swizzle stick. And, of course, the vodka. The stunning, made-with-nature purity of Belvedere — by way of heritage Polska rye, purified water and distillation by fire — steals the show in this pre-batched Lorenzo Antinori recipe; designed to be shared. One that serves from freezer drawer to ice-cold glasses in no time at all. One that might even tempt Mr. James Bond from his Vesper Martini.
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Belvedere Vodka

Apple cider vinegar

Dry vermouth

Green tea

Green olives garnish

Pickled onions garnish


Step 1: Place a measuring jug atop a scale.

Step 2: Pour in prepared portions of Belvedere Vodka, apple cider vinegar and dry vermouth. Dilute the solution with green tea.

Step 3: Strain the solution into an empty bottle. Freeze for two to three hours.

Step 4: Serve in a chilled Martini glass.

Step 5: Garnish with a skewer of pickled onions and green olives to taste.

Please enjoy responsibly!

The Spring Break Martini (HK$160) is available for order at Four Seasons Hong Kong’s Caprice Bar from 12 April. 6/F, Four Seasons Hong Kong, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3196 8882
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