At The Savoy in London, the American Bar is straight out of a scene from James Bond. In fact, the famed hotel and its bar appear in the “Dr. No,” “For Your Eyes Only” and “Diamonds Are Forever” novels; author Ian Fleming often drank at the hotel.
This summer, the staff at the bar cashes in once again on its claim to fame with the launch of the Carte Blanche cocktail, named after the latest Bond novel by author Jeffery Deaver. The famous spy actually drinks the new cocktail in the book.
“We were approached by the publishers of ‘Carte Blanche’ to see if we would be interested in being the first bar in the world to offer the Carte Blanche cocktail,” head bartender Erik Lorincz recalls. “We were sworn to secrecy about the recipe for the cocktail, and it went on sale on the day the book was published.”
American Bar guests are falling in love with the blend of Crown Royal whisky, triple sec and Angostura bitters with a twist of orange peel — shaken, not stirred, of course. That’s not the only new cocktail hitting the bar’s menu. The Vesper, a combination of gin, vodka and Kina Lillet, was highlighted several times in “Casino Royale,” Fleming’s first Bond novel.