James Bond will burst back onto our screens in the highly-anticipated Spectre – Daniel Craig’s fourth time as 007.

Bond sees a cryptic message from his past lead him on a trail to a sinister organisation riddled with deceit and corruption, all whilst his own secret service is struggling for survival. Enough to make you need a stiff drink or two.

Drake and Morgan, a cool collection of cocktail bars in London, has shaken and stirred some of the finer flavours Bond has come to enjoy over the years through his movies and books. All we can say is he has great taste.

10. Scotch & Soda

We’re sure this would be a fave of Sean Connery’s. Everyone knows the best bourbon is a Scotch whiskey, and Bond can vouch for this – mixed in a total 21 books.

The cocktail is simple and effective: the perfect quick mix. Bond is also known to do away with the soda completely, opting for a straight bourbon and Scotch. Keeping the country safe calls for it.

09. Vodka Tonic

Being so fond of the Scotch and Soda, it makes sense that Bond would take a shining the Vodka tonic every now and then too.

As with the ultimate and classic Vesper Martini, the vodka version is a favoured taste to gin, however he doesn’t seem too fussy.

In 1958 Fleming wrote Bond in with four G&Ts in Dr No, and four Vodka Tonics in 1963’s On Her Majesty’s Service. We just think he likes a good drink.

08. Americano

The Americano marks an introduction to Bond’s more refined cocktail drinking style. It is the first drink mentioned in Casino Royale.

It’s not until From a View to Kill do we realise that Bond prefers the drink as a softer alternative when out dining. In this case, at an outdoor café in France.

07. Old-Fashioned

This is another classic Bond cocktail, which he would drink on occasion. It is often forgotten in the movies.

It’s within Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die and Thunderball that James took a liking to the tipple, where it is cited four times. Often with a meal or before sleep. Almost always a double.

06. The Stinger

Perhaps one of the least un-Bond like cocktails, yet it’s still worthy of a mention for its unusual style. In Thunderball it is paired with a coffee meeting at Nassau Casino bar with Felix Leiter, and inevitably love interest Tiffany in Diamonds are Forever.

We think the touch of crème de menthe could be the reason it’s not as popular. It’s not exactly the manliest of drinks, but still a joy to taste.

05. Pink Gin

The mojito makes screen appearances all the time, however not so much in the books. It is possibly a reflection of the popularity of the drink at the time of filming in 90s and early noughties.

In his usual suave fashion, Bond notably uses the mojito to introduce himself to Jinx, the beauty in 2002’s Die Another Day.

04. Mojito

We’re sure this would be a fave of Sean Connery’s. Everyone knows the best bourbon is a Scotch whiskey, and Bond can vouch for this – mixed in a total 21 books.

The cocktail is simple and effective: the perfect quick mix. Bond is also known to do away with the soda completely, opting for a straight bourbon and Scotch. Keeping the country safe calls for it.

03. Black Velvet

A rare one, the Black Velvet is only mentioned once in the series. In Diamonds Are Forever, Bond stops by the famous Scott’s in London for a ‘dressed crab and a pint of Black Velvet’ with Bill Tanner, MI6’s chief.

02. Negroni

Another cocktail that makes a bit part, particularly in the books is the Negroni. Made up of an Americano with gin, it is the ultimate aperitif when served with a lemon twist.

It was born out of 1920s Florence for Count Cammillo Negroni who preferred the bitter taste. It seems only fitting that it makes its appearance in the short and obscure story Risicio, in which Bond investigates a drug-smuggling operation in Italy.

01. Vesper Martini

This is the ‘true’ Bond Martini, and the first mentioned in the series of books by Ian Fleming. Interestingly, James claims to have invented it in Casino Royale.

The Vesper Martini recipe is even listed in the chapter seven, so you can enjoy it at your own leisure, when you take a break from saving the world.

Three measures of Gordon’s, one Vodka, and a half measure of Kina Lillet shaken well and served ice-cold with a large slice of lemon-peel will do the trick.

Make your own cocktails

Want to be like Bond? Well, you can make your own at Drake and Morgan’s new King’s Cross cocktail bar. Or if you’d prefer to shake and stir up your Christmas parties in London, choosing from nine elegant bars and restaurants with more seasonal cocktails and sit-down suppers than Bond has had conquests.

Spectre hits the big screen on 26 October. Watch the official trailer

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