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James Bond Drinks

Drinking With Bond, James Bond

There are brew guys, whiskey rye guys, guys who sip alcohol on the rocks and gentlemen who prefer something of a different class: champagne, wine, or specially prepared cocktails. James Bond is no ordinary man, he is a gentleman who orders his martinis shaken not stirred…right? 50 years, 6 different actors, X novels, 22 films, and countless luxury brand associations, Skyfall , the 23rd Bond film in the 007 franchise is finally suggesting “some things shouldn’t be shaken or stirred” when Bond takes a swig of his ice cold… Heineken…. Really?!? James Bond drinks Heineken! I suppose audiences shouldn’t really be surprised considering Bond’s Vodka of choice is Smirnoff, champagne: Bollinger, and Gin: Gordon’s suggesting no pretentious air about our favorite British Agent. Bond drinks a total of 317 alcoholic beverages throughout the novels averaging about one every seven pages and Perrier (used only to “improve a poor drink”) may be the only brand association I agree should touch this culturally refined character’s parched lips.

Bond’s Top 10 Go-To Beverages + Heineken for Good Measure:

  1. Vodka/Gin Martini (Smirinoff)
  2. Scotch Soda (21 mentions in the novels)
  3. Champagne (Bollinger totally 35 mentions)
  4. Red wine (Chateau Mouton Rothschild totaling 10 mentions)
  5. Vodka/Gin and Tonic (Gordon’s Gin)
  6. The “Vesper” (named after Bond Girl, Vesper Lynd)
  7. Mojito (exclusive to 2002’s Die Another Day)
  8. The Americano (Perrier is used to “improve this poor drink”)
  9. The Old Fashioned

10. The Stinger (His favorite to share with Tiffany in Diamonds are Forever paired with coffee an a touch of crème de menthe)

11. Heineken (featured in the 1st bond film, Dr. NO)

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Make a “Vesper” Exactly How Bond Prescribes:

The Vesper named after the Bond girl, Vesper Lynd, in the book and later film “Casino Royale Claims to invent and only actually drinks in Casino Royale.

The recipe for the Vesper is dictated in chapter 7 as follows:

            ‘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 slice of lemon-  peel. Got it?’

3 Facts Only the Ultimate 007 Nerd Would Know:

  • Surprisingly Bond drinks more Champagne than any other alcoholic beverage. In both Ian Flemmings novels and all 22 Bond films more Champagne has a total of 35 mentions where as vodka has 22 and red wine 10.
  • Château Mouton Rothschild is Bond’s beloved Bordeaux.
  • Bond believes “expensive soda water is the cheapest way to improve a poor drink.”
Old Fashioned Drink

5 Ways to Make an Old Fashioned

We like to think the standard measure of drink quality at any bar is how well they make their Old Fashioned. Its a classic drink and therefore should adhere to “old fashioned” standards. It seems these days however that every mixologist has added his or her own twist, and the once classic cocktail has evolved ever so slightly into a muddled cup of fruit syrup and sugar on the rocks. Well, we’ve certainly had our fair share of Old Fashions and put together a list of 5 of our favorite recipes. What are yours?

Old Fashioned

2 oz bourbon whiskey
2 dashes Angostura® bitters
1 splash water
1 tsp sugar
1 maraschino cherry
1 orange wedge

New Old Fashioned

2 oz Phillips Union® blended whiskey
1 dash Peychaud® bitters
1 splash soda

Original Old Fashioned

2 oz bourbon whiskey
1 dash bitters
1 tsp mineral water
1 tsp sugar

Old Fashioned Manhattan

1 oz whiskey
1/2 oz sweet vermouth
3 dashes bitters
1 tsp sugar
1 splash club soda

Old Fashioned (Sweet)

6 drops Angostura® bitters
1 1/2 oz bourbon whiskey
6 oz 7-Up® soda
1/2 oz lemon juice

Now, there’s a great debate amongst Old Fashioned enthusiasts whether to use Bourbon or Rye whisky. Quite frankly we’ve had great tasting drinks made with both. However, there is certainly a distinguishing factor between what makes a good drink vs. a bad drink-brand.