Five James Bond Cocktails
Although the Vodka Martini , "shaken not stirred," is the cocktail James Bond is best k...
Although the Vodka Martini, "shaken not stirred," is the cocktail James Bond is best known for, it is not the only one by far. There are actually many mixed drinks which the famous spy has through his adventures in both the movies and Ian Fleming's novels and all of them are classic cocktails (aside from the Vesper) - he does have great taste.
Although the "average" Vodka Martini is better known in Bond's adventures, it is the Vesper Martini that is the "true" Bond Martini as it was the first mentioned and the one that he claims to have invented in Casino Royale (and the only time he drinks one in the movies or novels). The recipe for the Vesper is dictated in chapter 7 as follows and is named for the lovely Vesper.
'A dry Martini,' he said. 'One. In a deep champagne goblet.'
'Just a moment. Three measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it's ice-cold, then add a large slice of lemon-peel. Got it?'
If you have not had a properly made Vesper Martini you are missing out on a fantastic drink. Try this Vesper Martini recipe.
The Americano is significant in the adventures of 007 because it is the introduction to his refined drinking style. This is the first drink mentioned in Casino Royale (chapter 5) but it wasn't until From a View to Kill that we learn when Bond feels the Americano is the more appropriate drink. According to the story a drink like this is better suited than his preferred harder cocktails when dining at an outdoor cafe (in this case French) and we also learn of his preference for "Perrier, for in his opinion, expensive soda water was the cheapest way to improve a poor drink." Try this Americano recipe.
Yet another classic cocktail which 007 drank on occasion, the Old-fashioned is once again one of those forgotten in the cinematic stories. Between Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die and Thunderball Bond's Old-fashioned count builds up to four, often with a meal or before that occasional sleep of his and it's almost always a double. Try this Old-fashioned recipe.
Oddly enough for a classic English series of novels with this much drinking, a favorite like the Black Velvet is only mentioned once. In Diamonds are Forever Bond and Bill Tanner stop by the famous Scott's in London for "dressed crab and a pint of black velvet." Stout, Champagne and seafood, what a lovely combination. Try this Black Velvet recipe.
In the short and obscure story Risicio quite a few drinks are mentioned, including the Negroni - with Gordon's gin, of course. At the same Excelsior Bar, Bond notes the odd use of the "feminine" Alexander as a secret signal by Kristatos.
There are a few other cocktails with a solo appearance in 007's repertoire including Pink Gin, Mint Julep, Irish Coffee and Rum Collins. Most of the drink diversity occurs in the novels while the films stick with the few star cocktails. Try this Negroni recipe.
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