Vesper Cocktail


The Vesper cocktail is a drink built with gin, vodka, and sweet vermouth!

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.


A James Bond Cocktail!


5 from 2 votes
Course: Cocktail, Drink
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 1 minute
Mix Time: 1 minute
Servings: 1 Serving(s)


  • 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.
  • Serve!
Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg
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