Recipes

007's top tipples: how to make James Bond-inspired cocktails

Simple recipes for cocktails made famous by Bond movies including an old fashioned, daiquiri and, of course, a dry martini

24 February 2019 - 00:00 By Ian Fleming
George Lazenby as James Bond and Diana Rigg as Tracy in a scene from the film 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service', 1969.
George Lazenby as James Bond and Diana Rigg as Tracy in a scene from the film 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service', 1969.
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Shaken: Drinking with James Bond and Ian Fleming (Octopus Publishing) shares the story behind the drinks inspired by 007 creator Ian Fleming.

Punted as the “authorised 007 cocktail book”, it shares snippets from Fleming’s writing, features 50 recipes and is full of handy hints making it an inspiring read for the amateur cocktail shaker.

Here are a trio of recipes from the book:

Daiquiri.
Daiquiri.
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DAIQUIRI

Inspired by the Bond movies: On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) and The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)

Ingredients:

60ml (4 tbsp) white or lightly aged rum

20ml fresh lime juice

20ml simple syrup (mix equal quantities by volume of water and caster sugar and stir until sugar has dissolved)

Method:

  1. Measure the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and top up to the brim with ice.
  2. Shake vigorously, then strain into a frosted coupe or martini glass.
  3. Garnish with a lime slice.
Old Fashioned.
Old Fashioned.
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OLD FASHIONED

Inspired by the Bond movie: Live and Let Die (1973)

Ingredients: 

4 dashes of Angostura bitters

2 dashes of orange bitters

7.5ml rich demerara syrup (place 2 parts demerara sugar to 1 part water, by volume, in a small saucepan. Heat gently, stirring, until the sugar has dissolved)

60ml (4 tbsp) bourbon

Method:

  1. Measure the bitters, syrup and one-third of the bourbon into a rock glass with 2 ice cubes. Stir until the ice cubes have halved in size.
  2. Add another third of the bourbon with 2 more ice cubes and stir until these have also halved in size.
  3. Add the remaining bourbon and fill the glass to the top with ice. Stir until liquid is ice cold and dilution has brought the level of the drink near the top of the glass.
  4. Garnish with an orange twist.
Dry martini.
Dry martini.
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DRY MARTINI

Inspired by the Bond movie: Dr No (1962)

Ingredients:

75ml vodka or London Dry gin

2– 20ml dry vermouth

Lemon twist, to garnish

Method:

  1. Measure the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and top up to the brim with ice.
  2. Shake vigorously until very cold,then strain into a frosted martini glass or coupe.
  3. Garnish with a lemon twist.