Trix and I like kicking it old skool.
After a conversation with Max Sparber a few days back about cocktails, we tried two of note.
a) "The Vesper," as featured in "Casino Royale," the book and the movie. The recipe, from Mr. Fleming's original text:
"A dry martini," [Bond] said. "One. In a deep champagne goblet."
"Just a moment. Three measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it's ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?"
"Certainly, monsieur." The barman seemed pleased with the idea.
"Gosh, that's certainly a drink," said Leiter.
Bond laughed. "When I'm...er...concentrating," he explained, "I never have more than one drink before dinner. But I do like that one to be large and very strong and very cold and very well-made. I hate small portions of anything, particularly when they taste bad. This drink's my own invention. I'm going to patent it when I can think of a good name."
-Ian Fleming, Casino Royale
We had it with just a touch more vodka than gin both at Akbar in Silverlake and the next day at Patrick and Cheryl's house. A delicious cocktail.
b) Mai Tai's at Trader Vic's, at the Beverly Hilton. The original Trader Vic's is, alas, gone, replaced by a small poolside bar, but the Mai Tai remains ever the same, and ever fantastic.
Check out the pic: Grizzly Adams, tiki fabulous. (Pic, of course, by the fabulous Miss Trix.)