How to Make a Vesper

How to Cocktail: Vesper

James Bond may be known as a Martini drinker, but the first cocktail he orders in the first Bond book is actually the Vesper. advisory board member Simon Ford shows you how to make the delicious gin, vodka and Lillet Blanc concoction.


  • 3 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Vodka
  • .5 oz Lillet Blanc
  • Garnish: Lemon peel
  • Glass: Cocktail

Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Twist a slice of lemon peel over the drink, rub along the rim of the glass and drop it in.



  • daniel-freitez-9b7c4 posted 5 months ago

    ok.. the recipe says "stir", but the guy is shaking... so... I am confused... :S

  • spamb0thotmailcom205272002 posted 5 months ago

    I substitute kina l aero d or for kina lillet. Lillet blanc should not be used in this drink. Cocchi Americano works too

  • F.G. Kaye posted 7 months ago

    NO ONE EVER MENTIONS THE VODKA, not even Simon Ford ?

    I suppose that you could match the Gordon's Gin with Gordon's Vodka, but they weren't making Vodka

    in 1964.

    As I've recently discovered, the more times the Vodka is filtered, the smoother the taste.

    Besides, there is a noticeable difference in taste, between Potato Vodka & Grain Vodka.

    None of this is mentioned or discussed, so I guess the decision is left up to each & every " Bond ".

  • jaredbrown1.dc53b posted 12 months ago

    Actually, the first drink James Bond orders in Casino Royale is an Americano.

  • jaredbrown1.dc53b posted 12 months ago

    Actually, the first drink James Bond orders in Casino Royale is an Americano.

  • Aephir posted 2 years ago

    Both the Gordon's gin (the gin specified for the vesper), and more importantly, the Kina Lillet has changed their recipes since 1953 when the drink was invented. Well, more correctly, Kina Lillet no longer exists, though the same company makes Lillet Blanc now. However, they are not the same, and they are not interchangeable. For Gorndon's gin, you can get the "export" version, which is closer to the original (47 %). However, it is very difficult to find an appropriate substitute for Kina Lillet, though I have heard a bartenders swear to Cocchi Americano as a substitute that's less fruity and more bitter (higher quinine content), which allegedly is closer, if not identical to Kina Lillet.

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