Other Cocktails

As I have previously mentioned, a gin Martini is my drink of choice, “up,” with an olive. I prefer Gordon’s, not because it is Bond’s gin of choice (and anyway, the Gordon’s of the original novel’s time was a higher proof), but because I like the taste. I do enjoy other cocktails at times.

Another favorite is a gin Gimlet, a very nice cocktail, made with 2 oz. of gin and 3/4 oz. of Rose’s Lime Juice. There are sweeter versions, but this is the ratio I prefer. (In Raymond Chandlers The Long Goodbye,Terry Lenox tells Philip Marlowe A real Gimlet is half gin and half Roses Lime Juice…”) Again, very cold, up with a lime quarter.

And when I am in a very quiet, contemplative mood, it’s a Vesper. In the novel Casino Royale, Bond ordered thusly:
“Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel.
Alas, you can’t get Kina Lillet anymore and that’s arguably a lot of booze. I go with the recipe in my signed hardcover copy of Cocktail: The Drinks Bible for the 21st Century.
  • 2 oz. Gordon’s gin
  • 1 oz vodka (I don’t care what kind)
  • 1/2 oz. Lillet blanc
  • a dash of bitters (to simulate the Kina Lillet and to give a light pink glow)


Fred Avolio said…

Jody, my true friend of many years, gave me an early Christmas present. It was 2 bottles of orange bitters. One was Angostura Orange Bitters, which I used in a Classic Martini last night. The other was Regan’s Orange Bitters No. 6, which I used tonight in a Vesper as per the above recipe.

Very nice.

Fred Avolio said…
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Fred Avolio said…

I now make it with the proportions of the novel and movie, but with a smaller cocktail. Very good.

"3 measures of Gordon's gin
1 of vodka
1/2 of Lillet…"

So, 1 1/2 oz of Gin
1/2 Vodka
1/4 Lillet
a few dashes of Angostura Bitters.