The Vesper Martini is a variation of the classic Dry Martini, invented by the author of James Bond Ian Fleming. First appeared in 1953 Casino Royale, the iconic martini riff debuted when 007 ordered a shaken, not stirred Vodka Martini. After meeting Vesper Lynd, Bond decides it’s the perfect name for his recently invented cocktail.
The Vesper Martini became hugely popular after the novel was published and gave rise to the famous catchphrase “shaken, not stirred” immortalized in the Bond films. The drink’s actual name (along with its full recipe) was first mentioned onscreen in the 2006 film adaptation of Casino Royale.
Bond’s Vesper Martini recipe, as described in the 1953 book: “Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it is glazed, then add a large thin slice of lemon zest. Understood?’
Since Kina Lillet was discontinued in 1986 and Gordon’s Gin proof was cut in 1992, the original Vesper Martini recipe can no longer be made exactly. Substitutes can be used to regain the original flavor of the drink.
- Three measures of London dry gin
- A measure of Russian vodka
- Half measure of Lillet Blanc
- Garnish with a lemon twist
Measure the ingredients into a shaker and fill with ice to the rim. Shake vigorously, then strain into a frosted Martini glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon, sprayed on the glass to express the oils. Drink very cold.
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Cocktail by David Hans
Directed and edited by Alex Low
Photography by YH Chong
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