Posts Tagged ‘cocktails’

Recipe: Negroni

September 13, 2009

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce Gordon’s Gin
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 1 ounce Campari
  • A slice of orange

Directions:
Pour the gin, vermouth, and Campari into a chilled glass over ice; garnish with a slice of orange.

Source:
This recipe is mentioned in Ian Fleming’s short story Risico, which can be found in For Your Eyes Only. As Bond waits for Kristatos in the Excelsior Bar, he orders a Negroni, specifying Gordon’s gin.




This article is not advocating the abuse of alcoholic beverages.
It is intended for responsible adults of legal drinking age.

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Recipe: Black Velvet

August 8, 2009

Ingredients:

  • 1 part Guinness Stout
  • 1 part chilled champagne (preferably Taittinger)

Directions:
Add the Guinness to a pint glass, and pour the champagne on top.

Source:
This drink recipe comes from Ian Fleming’s Diamonds Are Forever.  In the novel, Bond offers to buy Bill Tanner lunch at Scotts, where they will have “dressed crab and a pint of black velvet.” A Black Velvet consists of equal amounts of Guinness Stout and champagne. The drink supposedly originated in London’s Brooks Club in 1861, created on the occasion of Prince Albert’s death. This is also the first time that the literary Bond has a brew.

Recipe: Pink Gin

July 9, 2009

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. gin
  • Two to four dashes of Angostura bitters

Directions:
Shake ingredients with ice, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Can also be served on the rocks.

Source:
While this drink makes an appearance in The Man With the Golden Gun, it is also said to be one of author Ian Fleming’s favorite drinks.

This article is not advocating the abuse of alcoholic beverages.
It is intended for responsible adults of legal drinking age.

Recipe: The Americano

June 28, 2009

Ingredients:

  • 1 measure Campari
  • 1 measure Italian vermouth
  • 1 measure Perrier
  • A dash of freshly squeezed orange juice.
  • 1 large slice of lemon peel

Directions:
Shake together the Campari and vermouth with ice, pour into a highball glass (with extra ice if desired), add Perrier and juice, stir and serve with a slice of lemon.

Source:
This drink recipe comes from Ian Fleming’s story From A View To A Kill. This can be found in his novel For Your Eyes Only, written in 1960. Bond can be found ordering this cocktail at a café in Paris.

This article is not advocating the abuse of alcoholic beverages.
It is intended for responsible adults of legal drinking age.

Recipe: The Vesper

June 22, 2009

Ingredients:

  • 3 measures of Gordon’s gin
  • 1 measure of vodka
  • ½ measure of Kina Lillet

Directions:
Shake until ice cold and serve in a deep champagne goblet with a large thin slice of lemon peel.

History of The Vesper:
This drink was supposedly invented by Ian Fleming and his friend, Ivar Bryce. The cocktail makes its first appearance in Fleming’s novel Casino Royale, in which James Bond orders it while conversing with his CIA counterpart, Felix Leiter. Here’s an excerpt of the scene, taken from page 45 of the novel:

“A dry martini,” he said. “One. In a deep champagne goblet.”

“Oui, monsieur.”

“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 thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?”

“Certainly, monsieur.” The barman seemed pleased with the idea.

“Gosh, that’s certainly a drink,” said Leiter.

Bond laughed. “When I’m…er…concentrating,” he explained, “I never have more than one drink before dinner. But I do like that one to be large and very strong and very cold and very well-made. I hate small portions of anything, particularly when they taste bad. This drink’s my own invention. I’m going to patent it when I can think of a good name.”

Of course, if you’ve seen the film, or have read the remainder of the novel, you’ll know that Bond later names the drink after the woman he falls in love with — Vesper Lynd.

Tips:

  • Kina Lillet is now called “Lillet“. (Pronounced: lee-lay)
  • It’s said that Lillet is hard to find. Therefore, another dry Vermouth would make a satisfactory substitute.
  • Smirnoff vodka is recommended.

This article is not advocating the abuse of alcoholic beverages.
It is intended for responsible adults of legal drinking age.