Vesper Martini - Fancy a Drink

Vesper Martini

According to Wikipedia, this drink was invented by none other than James Bond himself (In the 1953 James Bond novel Casino Royale). See for yourself.

“A dry martini,” [Bond] said. “One. In a deep champagne goblet.”

“Oui, monsieur.”

“Just a moment. 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?”

“Certainly, monsieur.” The barman seemed pleased with the idea.

“Gosh, that’s certainly a drink,” said Leiter.

Bond laughed. “When I’m…er…concentrating,” he explained, “I never have more than one drink before dinner. But I do like that one to be large and very strong and very cold and very well-made. I hate small portions of anything, particularly when they taste bad. This drink’s my own invention. I’m going to patent it when I can think of a good name.”

This contribution to Fancy A Drink? comes straight from one reader’s home bar! Thanks Patti & Nick.


Gin               3 ounces

Vodka          1 ounce

Lillet            1/2 ounce

Lemon peel

  1. Add Gin, Vodka and Lillet to shaker.
  2. Fill with ice.
  3. Shake (don't stir) vigorously.
  4. Strain into Martini glass (or deep Champagne goblet).
  5. Garnish with Lemon peel.

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