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Ever since Sonny Crockett (Colin Farrell) declared to be a “fiend for Mojito’s” in Miami Vice (2006) they are everywhere. Bacardi have milked it for all it’s worth tailoring their television advertising towards the drink as well as selling them at sporting events and music festivals. You can even buy ready mixed bottles of Mojito, not that I have tried them; the key to a great Mojito is fresh ingredients. The Mojito is Cuban drink mixed and served in a highball glass. It has just five ingredients:

  1. White rum
  2. Sugar Syrup* (traditionally “Guarapo” sugar cane juice)
  3. Lime
  4. Fresh Mint (traditionally spearmint)
  5. Soda Water

To prepare:

Notes: Some people also add Angostura bitters, don’t bother doing this. Castor or icing can be used instead of sugar syrup but syrup is best. Traditionally you should use spearmint but any fresh mint will taste good.

* To make sugar syrup mix equal quantities of white sugar and boiling water. Stir until all the sugar is dissolved. Allow to cool. This can then be kept covered in the refrigerator for several weeks.

Coming soon, What does James Bond really drink?

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Shiner Beer

Shiner is a beer brewed by Spoetzels breweries in Shiner Texas.  Celebrating their centenary this year Spoetzels are one of only five Texas breweries to survive Prohibition. 
Shiner Bock at Chata Ortega's

A bottle of Shiner Bock at its spiritual home Chata Ortega's

 So why am I going on about a beer many readers have never heard of?  The simple answer is whilst most American movies seem to feature Budweiser or Miller one film walks a different path.  Set in Texas in 1971 Fandango (1985) heavily features Shiner Bock.  Having never heard of the beer at the time, (me living in England and the beer only being sold in Texas that’s not exactly surprising) whilst watching the film I often wondered if it actually existed or if it was made up for the film.  Then the internet was invented and I looked it up.  Since then the company has been bought out and they have expanded production and distribution with the beer available in 41 states*.

Shiner Fandango 1shiner fandango 3

 Then two years ago I spotted Shiner Bock in Death Proof, it featured  in the Austin, Texas bar scenes.  You can also see it in Tin Cup, Slacker and The Hangover.  Anyone who likes beer and gets the chance I suggest you try it, it is a good beer and a million times better than the tasteless gas over substance beers (mentioning no names) that feature in most movies. 

 Death Proof


*In my time in America I only found it in Texas. 

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I think its time for another random James Bond blog entry, this one a little different to my usual posts.  Thanks to the movies James Bond is always associated with Vodka Martinis, in fact the Bond of Ian Fleming’s novels drank many different drinks.   In Casino Royale he did however drink a Vodka Martini that he eventually named “Vesper” after the character Vesper Lynd.     

The Vesper recipe is:     

  1. Three measures of Gordon’s Gin
  2. One of vodka
  3. Half a measure of Kina Lillet
  4. Shake over ice until it’s ice-cold and strain into a martini glass.
  5. Then add a large thin slice of lemon peel

Casino RoyaleAs described by Bond in the novel:    ‘A dry martini,’ he said. ‘One. In a deep champagne goblet.’
‘Oui, monsieur.’
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.

He goes on to say:  This drink’s my own invention. I’m going to patent it when I can think of a good name.’           

This is how it appears in the movie when Casino Royale was finally made into an official Bond film in 2006.   A note on the ingredients:     

  • Although not bad Gordon’s is far from the best Gin I would recommend Bombay Sapphire.
  • Kina Lillet is not actually a vermouth (as pointed out by the barman on the plane in Quantum of Solace).  It is a wine based drink flavoured with quinine (also found in tonic water and a perfect accompaniment to vodka or gin).  It performs the same job in a martini as Vermouth (a fortified wine flavoured with herbs and spices).  Sadly it isn’t possible to make a genuine Vesper as Ian Fleming conceived it as the recipe for Kina Lillet was changed about twenty years ago making it less bitter.
  • Any good quality grain vodka will work.

* * * Update * * *

I have never tried it myself so don’t know if it is true but it has been suggested to me that to get the authentic taste as originally conceived Vesper add a dash of Angostura bitters to composite for the change in Kina Lillet formula.   

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