Vesper Cocktail Info
James Bond made the Vesper (also known as the Vesper Martini) a household name. Ian Fleming, the Bond author, invented the cocktail. The cocktail first appeared in Fleming's 1953 book, Casino Royale. It was named after Vesper Lynd, a fictional double agent.
Bond gives strict instructions to his bartender when he orders Vesper. Those instructions must be followed! Bond said: Three tablespoons Gordon's, one cup vodka, and half a teaspoon Kina Lillet. Shake it well until it is ice-cold. Then add a thin slice of lemon peel. Did you get it?
I would, however, recommend one change... A Vesper shaken too often can lead to a less smooth-textured and a lot of dilution from the ice. And this drink doesn't need ice shards floating at its top. It is a good rule only to mix spirits-based cocktails, so there is no reason to break the rules now either.
This Vesper recipe makes a stiff cocktail with four ounces full-proof spirits and half an ounce of Lillet Blanc Vermouth.
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Recommended Bar Equipment
- 60 ml Gin
- 20 ml Vodka
- 20 ml Sweet Vermouth (Lillet Blanc)
- Add ice to your mixing glass.
- Add the ingredients to your mixing glass.
- Stir the cocktail cold and strain into a cocktail glass.