Sorry to disappoint, this will not be a lesson in creative and colorful mixology. James Bond is not a man who falls prey to fads, he is a man steeped in classic elegance, and so are his drinks of choice. Of course, the famous, “shaken, not stirred” vodka martini is the most well know choice for Mr. Bond, but there are a plethora of other cocktails that he occasionally indulges in. The three cocktails I am reviewing today are easy to make, regardless of your bartending skill level.
The best tip I can provide is to tailor your drink menu to what your guests like. For instance, I hate sugary martini’s so, I would enjoy this classic menu, but some of my friends prefer something sweeter, perhaps a nice glass of champagne would be a better option for them, rather than a scotch and soda. There are no rules saying you have to serve martinis at a Bond themed party, go with what your group wants. That being said, the three classic cocktails we are reviewing today are the, iconic Vodka Martini, the vodka tonic and the scotch and soda.
Make sure that you buy quality vodka and scotch, when drinks are this simple there is no covering up musty weird flavors with a sugary mixer. Ask you local liquor store manager for his/ her suggestion if you feel lost, while you are there purchase plenty of fresh ice and mixers. Lets get shaking!
The Vodka Martini
2 ½ oz Vodka (I prefer Absolute or Grey Goose)
1/2 oz dry vermouth
1 green olive or lemon twist for garnish
Pour all ingredients into shaker filled with ice. Shake it, don’t stir it, baby! Strain into chilled martini glass. Garish as you please. Enjoy.
2 oz vodka
2 oz tonic water
lemon or lime wedge for garnish
Fill highball glass with ice. Pour in Vodka and tonic. Garnish with citrus wedge. Enjoy.
Scotch and Soda
3 oz scotch (I prefer Glenlivet 18)
Fill highball glass with ice. Pour in scotch and top with soda. Enjoy.
These may all seem delightfully simple, because they are. Anyone can make these cocktails, but if you are concerned about proportions, purchase a jigger from any stores kitchen/ bar section. Most jiggers hold 1.5 oz and make measuring for your drinks super easy. If you are still intimidated by serving some of these boozy classics, then take a page from James Bond’s playbook: act like you know what you are doing, even if you have no clue how to precede. Confidence is secret ingredient in any good bartenders arsenal. Good luck.