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Day 241, Cocktail 239

Wednesday evening started off my holiday preparations in earnest.  I also was the new, proud owner of a nearly full bottle of Lillet Blanc, courtesy of Mark Stoffel.  Thanks Mark!  I’m looking forward to playing with this and seeing what I can make with it besides the Vesper.  So, to the CocktailDB I went to look for cocktails that use the Lillet.  I found a number of interesting options, but the one I liked best was the Jubileesha.  The original recipe called for 3 dashes of orange bitters which, while I enjoyed it, did tend to overpower the drink.  So, in the name of research I had a second and cut down on the bitters to just two dashes.  This made for a much more balanced cocktail that allowed the flavors of the gin and Lillet come out.


  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 oz Lillet Blanc
  • 2 dashes orange bitters

Combine the ingredients in a shaker and shake, shake, shake to mix and chill.  Strain into a chilled coupe.

Hmm, hmm, hmm…delicious.  I really love the orange bitters in this drink.  It makes for a very nice compliment to the lightly floral flavor in the Lillet and Bombay.


Day 173, Cocktail 167

Thursday night is not only Trivia Night at my local hangout, Ivee’s, it’s also beat Stan at Trivia night.  Anyone who can beat me gets a free drink.  Last week I won 10 of the 13 rounds, so I cost the bar 3 drinks.  Not bad, since there were seven or eight people trying to knock me off!

Of course, for me the best part of Beat Stan at Trivia Night is that I get to have my cocktails on the house as well.  This past Thursday I had a slimmed down variant to my Smokey Vesper.  I’ll call it the Vesper Lite.

  Vesper Lite

  • 3 oz Beefeaters Gin
  • 1/4 oz Dewar’s scotch

Combine the gin and scotch in a shaker with ice.  Shake, shake, shake to chill and mix.  Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a twist. 

A nice, straightforward version of the Smokey Vesper and it wen great with the disco lights flashing in an attempt to knock me off my game.  Fortunately, it didn’t work!  See you at Ivee’s next Thursday!


Octopussy, anyone?

Day 48, Cocktail 43

I figure there were at least 5 different James Bonds, so I can have at least 5 different James Bond martini style cocktails.  Hey, it sounds logical to me!

Anyway, Gwen and I watched Roger Moore in Octopussy Friday night.  The scenery is exotic (mostly set in India) and Maud Adams is fabulous as the “Bond” girl.    Whenever we watch a Bond film a martini style drink is in order.  For tonight, we had a variation of the Smokey Vesper.


  • 4 oz Plymouth gin
  • 1/2 oz Martini & Rossi dry vermouth
  • 1/4 oz Cutty Sark scotch
  • 2 dashes Agnosturo bitters

Combine all the ingredients in a shaker with 4-5 ice cubes.  Shake vigorously to mix and chill.  Pour into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with three cocktail olives.

As with all my Bond cocktails, the quantities above make 2 (hey, I’m always watching Bond movies with Gwen!).  The gin takes front and center in this one, with just a very subtle smoke flavor from the scotch.  Enjoy with your favorite Bond or Bond girl!


Day Two, Cocktail Three
I’ve long been a James Bond fan.  I like both Sean Connery and Roger Moore in the role, although I have to admit that I do enjoy the style of the earlier Connery films.  The style, the women, the drinks…what’s not to like?  Of course, we all know that 007’s favorite drink is a vodka martini, shaken, not stirred.  However, in Casino Royale he enjoys a Vesper.   I’ve created my own twist on the Vesper.  Called the Smokey Vesper, the small amount of scotch really adds just a hint of peaty smokiness to the drink. 
  The Smokey Vesper
  • 4 oz Luksusowa vodka
  • 1-1/2 oz Plymouth gin
  • 1/2 oz Cutty Sark scotch
  • 3-4 dashes Agnostura bitters


Add all the ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake to chill and pour into chilled a chilled coupe. Garnish with olives. This recipe makes two cocktails (who wants to drink one of these babies alone?).  Mix a couple up, put your favorite Bond movie in and enjoy!


007 mixes one up