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Did 007 indulge in a G&T?

We all know how Ian Fleming’s famous licensee – rated 007 to kill favoured his Vodka Martini: ‘Shaken, not stirred!’ But did James Bond enjoy any other drinks in his own special way?

Double G&T with two halves of lime

In Dr No – the first of Fleming’s books to be filmed – James does indeed order a G&T. Naturally, he adds his own signature twist: “Bond ordered a double gin and tonic and one whole green lime. When the drink came, he cut the lime in half, dropped the two squeezed halves into the long glass, almost filled the glass with ice cubes and then poured in the tonic.”

A thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?

In Bond’s first adventure in Casino Royale, the stress of the central plot-crucial poker game is dispelled when James orders a ‘Vesper’, named for his Bond girl of choice. James instructs the bar tender: “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. Got it?"

If you can’t find Kina Lillet (a fruity, quinine-flavoured liqueur) then Vermouth or Bitters would add the same tone. And of course, you can create your own 007 cache by using high- quality, traditional gin, unsullied by additives and experimental flavours – Drunk Monk Signature Gin: traditional gin, straight shooting, just the way James would like it!

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