A Drink to Kill For

Mixology expert Albert W. A. Schmid provides step-by-step instructions on setting up and stocking a bar worthy of 007 and pouring the drinks to match. Recipes include secret agent favorites like The Lucky Jim versus the Montgomery, Kurrant Affair, Pillow Talk, From Russia with Love, Bossanova, Betsy Flanagan versus the Manhattan, Dark ’n’ Stormy, and TNT. How to Drink Like a Spy also includes profiles of the most famous and notorious spies throughout history and a lexicon so you don’t blow your cover when ordering your next drink.

 


From Russia with Love

Ingredients: 

2 ounces vodka 

1 ounce Gordon's gin 

1/2 ounce Kina Lillet

Lemon twist or thin lemon slice 

 

Directions: 

Add ice and water into a cocktail glass to chill the glass. Add ice to a cocktail shaker or to tin side of Boston shaker. Add the vodka, Gordon's gin, and Kina Lillet to the mixing glass. Pour the contents of the mixing glass. Pour the contents of the mixing glass into the tin and make sure the two sides are attached tightly. Shake until you hear the ice change. Open the Boston shaker and pull the mixing glass side off. Empty the cocktail glass and strain the drink into the chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist or a lemon slice and serve.  


Caipirovska

Ingredients: 

2 ounces vodka 

1 whole lime, diced

1/3 ounce fresh lime juice 

2 teaspoons sugar 

Ice 

 

Directions: 

Add ice and water into a cocktail glass to chill the glass. Add ice to a cocktail shaker or to tin side of Boston shaker. Add the vodka, Gordon's gin, and Kina Lillet to the mixing glass. Pour the contents of the mixing glass. Pour the contents of the mixing glass into the tin and make sure the two sides are attached tightly. Shake until you hear the ice change. Open the Boston shaker and pull the mixing glass side off. Empty the cocktail glass and strain the drink into the chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist or a lemon slice and serve.  


Pillow Talk 

Ingredients: 

1 ounce strawberry- or raspberry-flavored vodka 

1 ounce white chocolate-flavored liqueur

Whipped cream 

 

Directions: 

Chill a shot glass. Pour the vodka into the glass. Using the back of a barspoon, carefully pour the liqueur so that the liqueur floats on top of the vodka. Top with whipped cream and serve. 


Under the Cover

How to Drink Like a Spy

 

Albert W. A. Schmid is a Gourmand Award winner and author of several books, including The Old Fashioned: An Essential Guide to the Original Whiskey Cocktail, The Manhattan Cocktail: A Modern Guide to the Whiskey ClassicHow to Drink Like a Mobster, and The Hot Brown: Louisville's Legendary Open-Faced Sandwich. Stay connected with Albert on Twitter, Instagram, and his website