Any guide on the James Bond Lifestyle would of course be incomplete without a guide on how to drink with style. The world of drinks is very comprehensive but the following recommendations will give you some basic drinking intelligence that will prove essential in those social nights out. Your indulgence in the world of alcohol is for pleasure and recreation only. If you're serious about reaching Bond's level of charisma your days of just going out to get "shitfaced" should be mostly over. Bond is always in control and knows when to stop.
"James Bond suddenly knew that he was tired. He always knew when his body or mind had had enough and he always acted on the knowledge. This helped him to avoid staleness and the sensual blutness that breeds mistakes." - From Casino Royale
Word of caution: While the original literary bond was a heavy daily drinker just like his creator Fleming, we strongly advise against heavy use of alcohol. Be responsible, don't drink and drive. Medical experts analyzed the alcohol intake of Bond and came to the conclusion that he wouldn't live past 56. It should be no surprise to you that Ian Fleming, who outfitted Bond with his own excessive drinking and smoking habits, died early due to a heart attack. At age 56.
A small selection of iconic, manly cocktails. There are countless of cocktail variations but these few will cover most of your bases and will reward you with some instant 007 swagger. They taste great, too.
- 3 measures of gin
- 1 measure of of vodka
- 1/2 measure of vermouth
- Shaken not stirred
- Serve with a thin twist of lemon peel
The iconic bond martini, as Bond ordered it first in Casino Royal.
- 4 measures of vodka
- 1 measure of dry vermouth
- Shaken not stirred
- Serve with twist of lemon peel or olive
The dryness in a Martini is determined by the amount of vermouth used. Less vermouth means more dryness. For a real martini make sure it's made with vodka or gin and vermouth not out of the branded Martini bottle.
- Dissolve 1 tsp of castor sugar in boiling water
- Add 3 dashes of Angostura bitters
- 1 squeeze of fresh orange juice
- Mix with large measure of bourbon whiskey.
- Serve with ice and garnish with slice of orange and cherry
It's recommend you leave this one to the pros. Getting this drink right might require practice. As the name implies this is an old fashioned, strong but tasty cocktail for men.
- 1 measure of gin
- 1 measure of Campari
- 1 measure of red Cinzano
- Stir and serve with ice and a slice of lemon
A very classical and delicous
drink. Might taste a little bitter at first but as the ice melts and breaks it down you'll find the taste to be just perfect.
Bourbon is 007's preference, when it comes to whiskey. But a good scotch will do the job, too. Appreciate quality. If you don't know you way around whiskey or the place you're at is not very sophisticated when it comes to drinks, stick to well known brands like Jim Beam, Jack Daniels or Old Grand Dad.
Bourbon on the rocks
- Half-fill glass with ice
- Add 3 fingers of whiskey
- Swirl around to cool and break down
Some whiskey connoisseurs might prefer to drink a good whiskey straight as to not to compromise it's taste.
If the occasion calls for champagne, you might as well stick to the good stuff. The well known brands won't fail you.
Cliquot, Dom Perignon,
Pommery, Tattinger, etc.
Try to go for something that's about 10 years old. The price list will be a good indicator of quality.