The Vesper, also known as the Vesper Martini, was made famous by James Bond. The cocktail was invented by none other than Bond author Ian Fleming. The Vesper first appeared in his book “Casino Royale,” which was published in 1953 and gets its name from fictional double agent Vesper Lynd.
When Bond orders the Vesper, it comes with strict instructions that must be followed by any who make it: “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?”
With all due respect to 007, there's one change we'd recommend. Shaking a Vesper can result in an overly diluted and less smoothly textured drink; the golden rule is to always stir a spirit-only drink, and we see no reason to make an exception here.
- 3 ounces gin
- 1 ounce vodka
- 1/2 ounce Lillet blanc apéritif
- Garnish: lemon twist
Add all the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and stir until well-chilled.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Express the oils from a lemon twist over the drink, rub the twist along the rim of the glass and drop it into the cocktail.