James Bond drinks, it’s no secret. So did his creator, who, at one point, emptied a whole bottle of Gin per day. If you ever wanted to mix drinks in true Ian Fleming style while simultaneously learning about the pleasure of drinking, this new book is tailor-made for you.
Authorized by the Ian Fleming estate – this book celebrates Bond creator Ian Fleming’s writings on the pleasures of drinking, offering 50 cocktail recipes that they have inspired.
Explore Bond creator Ian Fleming’s writings on the pleasures of drinking and sample 50 delicious cocktail recipes inspired by his work – developed by award-winning bar Swift.
Cocktails are at the glamorous heart of every Bond story. Whether it’s the favoured Martini, which features in almost every book, or a refreshing Negroni or Daiquiri, strong, carefully crafted drinks are a consistent feature of the Bond novels. Recipes are divided into five categories: Strong; Short; Tall; Light; and Exotic. Sip on inventions such as Smersh, Moneypenny, That Old Devil M and Diamonds are Forever, as well as classic Bond cocktails such as the Vesper and, of course, the Dry Martini. Each recipe is accompanied by extracts from Fleming’s writings – be it the passage where the classic drink was featured or a place, character or plot that inspired one of the drinks.
Also features Ian Fleming’s writings on whisky, gin and other spirits.
Foreword by Fergus Fleming.
Ian Lancaster Fleming was born in London in 1908. His first job was at Reuters news agency, after which he worked briefly as a stockbroker before working in Naval Intelligence during World War Two. His first novel, Casino Royale, was published in 1953 and was an instant success. Fleming went on to write thirteen other Bond books as well as two works of non-fiction and the children’s classic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The Bond books have earned praise from figures such as Raymond Chandler, who called Fleming ‘the most forceful and driving writer of thrillers in England’ and President Kennedy, who named From Russia with Love as one of his favourite books. The books inspired a hugely successful series of film adaptations which began in 1961 with the release of Dr No. He was married to Ann O’Neill with whom he had a son, Caspar. He died in 1964.
In 2016 Edmund Weil (who is related to Ian Fleming) and his wife Rosie Stimpson teamed up with bar industry legends Bobby Hiddleston and Mia Johansson to open Bar Swift in Soho’s Old Compton Street. Edmund and Rosie have an exemplary track record in hospitality, having previously opened Nightjar and Oriole, both of which are listed in The World’s 50 Best Bars. Likewise, over the years Bobby and Mia have built a reputation as purveyors of some of the world’s finest cocktails, having worked previously in globally renowned venues such as Milk & Honey, Dead Rabbit and Callooh Callay.
The combination of beautiful and welcoming interiors, outstanding hospitality and delicious and innovative cocktails have seen this Soho hotspot take home ‘Best New Bar’ at the Time Out London Bar Awards as well as the much coveted ‘Best New International Cocktail Bar’ at Tales of the Cocktail 2017, all within a year of its opening.
- Other details
- ISBN: 9781784724641
- Publication date: 06 Sep 2018
- Page count: 224
- Imprint: Mitchell Beazley
Source: Octopus Books