By Jerome R.
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Although the Vodka Martini, "shaken not stirred," is the cocktail James Bond is best known for, it is not the only one. There are actually many mixed drinks which the famous spy has taken a liking to in both the movies and Ian Fleming's novels and most of them are very classic.
One thing is for sure, he does have great taste in drinks though would we expect anything less?
Although the "average" Vodka Martini is better known in Bond's adventures, it is the Vesper Martini that is the "true" Bond Martini as it was the first mentioned and the one that he claims to have invented in Casino Royale (the only time he drinks one in the movies or novels).
We have all heard the line and many of us have used it in a Bond-style on occasion ourselves... "a Vodka Martini, shaken not stirred." Throughout the series, it is the catch phrase for Bond's (and Fleming's) preferred Martini.
Besides Champagne, the Vodka Martini is the drink most often consumed by Bond (over 20 times), yet in the books it is outnumbered by another mixed drink, the Scotch and Soda.
James Bond's desire for a Scotch and Soda was lost in the production of the movies, but it is the mixed drink he has most often in the books (a total of 21 times).
Of course, a good Englishman will gravitate towards Scotch whisky, but he also had his share of Whiskey and Soda (most likely it was often with American bourbon) and even more Brandy and Sodas (or ginger ale). Simple and effective, these are quick drinks that are perfect for the spy on the go.
If Bond was that fond of Scotch and Soda, it's only natural that on occasion he went for the white spirits and both the Vodka Tonic and Gin & Tonic make appearances in his adventures.
As with the Martini, the vodka version is favored over the gin and it's believed that the occurrence of one or the other reflected Ian Fleming's own preferences at the time of writing each novel.
The Americano is significant in the adventures of 007 because it is the introduction to his refined drinking style. This is the first drink mentioned in Casino Royale (Chapter 5), but it wasn't until From a View to Kill that we learn when Bond feels that the Americano is a more appropriate drink.