La Vie En Rose Cocktail
14th April 2023
Enjoy this new creation to celebrate Casino Royale's 70th anniversary
In celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the publication of Ian Fleming’s first James Bond novel, CASINO ROYALE, MI6 unveils the “La Vie en Rose Cocktail”.
Besides initiating the James Bond mythos, CASINO ROYALE also introduced many of the famous elements of the James Bond mystique; cars, guns, locations, clothes, food, and of course cocktails!
Here is not the place to delve into the continuing debate as to whether shaking or stirring a martini is better. Nor do we need to examine the fact that the vodka martini as described in the novel is no longer viable to make these days. (Hint: it has something to do with Kina Lillet)
Instead, we choose to celebrate the legacy of 007’s first appearance in 1953 by creating a cocktail that builds on elements from the novel itself.
Channeling the luxe world of Royale-les-Eaux, the La Vie en Rose Cocktail evokes the romance between Bond and Vesper.
In a shaker with ice, pour:
- 2 oz. Bacardi
- 1 ½ ounce Frais de Bois liqueur (or similar strawberry liqueur)
- Add a liberal tot of grenadine
Shake and strain, pour into a martini glass.
“It sounds a drink to be proud of” - Vesper Lynd
Enjoy during the violet hour or any hour! If you want to go all out in your own CASINO ROYALE lifestyle tribute, have the La Vie en Rose Cocktail, and then feel free to recreate the meal that Bond and Vesper share before the epic card battle with Le Chiffre.
On that menu, James Bond enjoys:
Caviar (get enough toast with that!)
Tournedos (beef fillet) with Bernaise sauce
Avocado with French dressing
Grilled veal kidneys
Fras de Bois (wild strawberries) with lots of cream
Be sure to play multiple versions of “La Vie en Rose” throughout the meal. The song is most famously sung by Edith Piaf. Connections to the Bond film series include covers of “La Vie en Rose” by Louis Armstrong and Grace Jones. Lady Gaga and Andrea Bocelli have also done modern updates to the song.