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.
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.
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.
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).
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.