James Bond preferred martinis, dry — shaken, not stirred. So, the drink that bears his license to kill call numbers may not be his drink of choice, but it can be yours. Made with orange juice, orange vodka, and 7up, the 007 is an easy drinker that may not be quite as suave as Bond, but it's still a darn good drink.
How to Make a 007 Cocktail
This variation on the classic screwdriver punches up the citrus flavors with orange-flavored vodka and classic lemon-lime soda. It tastes best with freshly squeezed OJ, but concentrate still makes a tasty cocktail.
- 1 ounce orange vodka
- 1 ounce freshly squeezed orange juice
- Lemon-lime soda to top off
- Orange slice for garnish
Variations and Substitutions
You may not be able to overhaul this drink entirely, but that doesn't mean you can't make a few tweaks.
- Make your own orange vodka at home. Doing so also means you can add hints of other flavors, such as vanilla or lemon, to your orange-flavored vodka.
- Add a splash of vanilla liqueur for a dessert-tasting cocktail.
- Include a half-ounce of pineapple juice for a sunnier flavor.
- Enjoy in a chilled martini glass for a more elevated look.
The 007 cocktail calls for a simple orange wheel as a garnish. But just like any good agent pivots and changes plan, you, too, can change up the garnish.
- Instead of a fresh orange wheel, try a dehydrated orange wheel.
- Include different citrus wheels, such as a lemon or lime. You can also use a citrus wedge or slice.
- Add a cherry for a bright pop of red.
A Cocktail Worthy of a Secret Agent
Skip the vesper martini and other Bond-style cocktails in favor of something a little less boozy and a little more afternoon-friendly. In fact, you can easily enjoy this meal over brunch. So, belly up to the bar and grab a little vitamin C in this juicy drink.