Secret Spy Cocktails?

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The James Bond series is a literary and silver screen dynasty. Author and creator Ian Fleming’s 007 British agent has contributed to the spy genre like no other. And he has also contributed to cocktail culture. Fans, even casual ones, know of Bond’s vodka martinis that are shaken, not stirred – which actually goes against mixology convention that insist alcohol-only concoctions be gently stirred as to not “bruise” the spirits.

But then Bond was his own man.

Two lesser known favorites of the enigmatic super spy was the Americano and the Vesper, both choices he made in the first Bond story, the original Casino Royale. (The martini showed up in Goldfinger.) The Americano has been around for over a century and has been popular in Europe, but the Vesper (a variation of a martini) was invented by the author in his first Bond novel and it took off from there. Here are all three Bond drinks.

Vodka Martini

>> 1-2/3oz Vodka (use a premium brand like Ketel One)

>>1/3 oz Dry Vermouth

In a shaker of good ice, shake the vodka and vermouth vigorously. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with three olives on a skewer.

Americano

>> 1-1/2 oz Campari

>> 1-1/2 oz Sweet Vermouth

>> Club Soda

In a tall glass with ice, add the Campari and sweet vermouth. Top off with club soda and stir gently. Garnish with an orange twist.

Vesper

>> 3 oz gin (Bond used Gordon’s)

>> 1 oz vodka

>> 1/2 oz Lillet blanc aperitif

Add all ingredients into a shaker of ice and shake well. Strain into a martini glass or coupe. Express lemon twist oils and drop into the glass. (As with the martini, this drink should be stirred not shaken, but this is how Bond drinks his.)