The Casino Royale cocktail was probably named after the first James Bond novel, and it has the sort of ingredient list you expect from the drinks of the sixties. Along with gin, lemon juice and maraschino liqueur, it uses an egg yolk which adds a bit of thickness and froth to the drink. (As always, if you don’t want to use a raw egg yolk, pasteurized egg substitute works just fine.)
Because the lemon and cherry are so well-balanced in this recipe, the flavor of your gin comes through strongly and it’s worth using a good one. I like Hendrick’s in lemony drinks because it has those bright notes as well as many others, but if you want a slightly more herbal tone, Bombay Sapphire is another great choice.
This is a drink to be sipped and savored. It’s mild enough to enjoy with a meal – anything you’d pair a martini with. I always think of grilled, slightly smoky meat dishes as a good complement to a gin-based cocktail, so a steak or grilled chicken or fish would work. Spicy foods would contrast nicely because this drink is tart and just a tiny bit sweet. If you’re looking to pair this cocktail with a good hearty meal, try the Lemon Chicken and Spinach Orzo Soup from Cooking Classy. The lemon seasonings in this dish really bring out the citrus notes in the drink.
If you like this drink, have a look at the Gin Daisy. It has similar flavors, but without the egg yolk.
Casino Royale Cocktail Recipe
- 2 ounces gin
- 1/2 ounce lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon maraschino liqueur
- Dash of orange bitters
- 1 egg yolk
Fill a shaker halfway with ice cubes. Pour in all the ingredients and shake until chilled. Strain the mixture into a sour glass. Garnish with a cherry and a slice of lemon.
Originally published December 12, 2o14