James Bond is known for many things. He had some of the coolest stunts, the fastest cars, the hottest leading lady, and was an overall man’s man. One other thing that Bond, Agent 007 to some, made iconic is his famous drink: the martini.
Many argue over where the name ‘martini’ came from, but we all can agree Agent 007 made the drink a national icon. In fact, the 1953 novel “Casino Royale” is the first mention of the Vesper Martini. In the Ian Fleming classic, the secret agent gives the bartender instructions to make the drink to his liking:
“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.”
The name Vesper came from Bond’s leading lady Vesper Lynd. Current versions of the Vesper now use Lillet Blanc, which is a less sweet accompaniment. Here is a recipe for my favorite Vesper.
- 3 oz. gin
- 1 oz. vodka
- 1/2 oz. Lillet Blanc
- Ice cubes
- Tools: shaker, strainer
- Glass: cocktail
- Garnish: lemon twist
Shake ingredients, strain into a chilled glass and garnish.
The best place in my hometown to get one of these is Cliff Bell’s downtown on the historic Park Ave.