The Sonic Screwdriver

Each week, Fourth Verse has a knack for finding something particularly cool (in the geeky sense of the word) to email through to me.   Last Friday’s email contained a link that put me into action stations, leading to this post.

Before I say much else, you can go to this page yourself by clicking here.

Yes, that is right ladies and gentlemen, she found an alcoholic beverage that takes your everyday beverage of the Screwdriver, and makes it sonic, just as the Doctor himself decided to do one day with a common household tool.   So I went on an ingredients hunt, and this was the result…

Though listed in the link above, here is the recipe once again for convenience;

1 1/2 parts vanilla vodka
1 1/2 parts Blue Curacao liqueur
6 parts clear lemon-lime soda


Lemonade is a fine soda or mixer drink to use, and works well, but I used some soda water with lime instead, and found it gave a slightly smoother beverage.   Both give an amazingly citrus alcoholic beverage that, whilst being blue like the business end of the tenth Doctor’s sonic, is a fine approximation of the classic Screwdriver beverage.

Seven 007 Cocktails

Welcome back to another Gourmet Geek post!

Since 2007, I have been throwing an annual James Bond Cocktail party.   Every guest attends in formal wear, we eat some fancy styles finger food, and generally sit down and watch a Bond film, or, depending on the crowd, lovingly make fun of everything happening on screen…

…and we drink some really nice cocktails.

Each year, I try a different spin on the classic vodka martini, as well as creating a general cocktail which has a name relating to the film being watched that year.   Here I compile a list of seven of the best of these beverages, with recipes and photographs, to help kick start your own evening of MI6 action.

Vodka Martini


2 parts vodka

1 part dry vermouth

Shaken over ice, served in a martini glass with a single green olive.



Vesper Martini (as featured in Casino Royale)


3 parts Gordons Gin

1 part vodka

½ part Lillet Blanc (formerly Kina Lillet)

Shaken over ice, and served in a martini glass with a thin slice of lemon peel

Note: Kina Lillet is known to have been more bitter than Lillet Blanc.   For a more authentic taste, one may like to add a few drops of Agnostura Bitters.


Choc-Mint Martini


3 parts vodka

2 parts white creme de cacao

1 part creme de menthe

Shaken over ice and served in a martini glass.   Garnish with milk chocolate shavings.


White-Choc Martini


1 ½ parts white chocolate liqueur

1 ½ parts crème de cacao

½ part vodka

2 ½ parts half-and-half

Shaken over ice and poured into a martini glass drizzled with chocolate topping.


Kamikaze (for a You Only Live Twice theme)


1 ½ parts vodka

1 part lime juice

1 part Triple Sec

Shaken over ice and served in a martini glass.   Garnish with a lime wedge (not in image).


Goldfinger Cocktail


1 part Goldschlager

½ part Grand Marnier

1 ½ parts Ginger Ale

Served on ice in a high ball glass.


Dr. Rasberry (for a Dr. No theme)


2 parts Dr. Pepper

1 part Chambord

Served on Ice in a high ball glass.