Vesper Cocktail

Base Spirit: Gin, Vodka

Type: Classics

Served: Neat/Up

Preparation: Shaken

Strength: Strong

Difficulty: Medium

Flavor Profile: Spirit-forward

About the Vesper Cocktail

Pay tribute to 007 by mixing up his signature Vesper cocktail. The drink first appeared in Ian Fleming’s 1953 novel Casino Royale when Bond asked for “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?”

Ingredients in the Vesper Cocktail

Garnish: Lemon peel

Glass: Cocktail

How to make the Vesper Cocktail

Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Twist a slice of lemon peel over the drink, rub along the rim of the glass and drop it in.

Watch advisory board member Simon Ford make a proper Vesper in our How to Cocktail video.

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  1. Jeffreys32 says

    A true Vesper Martini is Shaken, Never Stirred.

  2. Martin Duffy says

    Try a variant of this classic called The Vesper Prayer
    2 oz. Gin
    3/4 oz. Benedictine D.O.M.
    1/2 oz. Lillet Blanc
    Stirred slowly over ice in mixing glass. Strained into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a large lemon twist.

    It’s Heavenly!

  3. Scott S. says

    A proper Martini is stirred. Ian Flemming popularized the shaken version as a symbol of Mr. Bond’s sexual prowess.

    Also, a note to the Vesper, in the book Vesper is a double agent and Bond alludes to the fact that he suspects this with the ingredients in the cocktail since Gin is usually associated with British and Vodka, Russia.

  4. I’ve made Vespers with lots of different gin/ vodka combinations and my experience has been that Plymouth doesn’t make a very good one, at all. The Tanquerays, especially the # 10 is a better choice, along with a clean vodka, like Tito’s. I’ve tried both the Lillet and Cocchi Americano. Since I’ve never had the pleasure of trying Kina Lillet, I can’t know from personal experience which of the two most closely approximates it. Those who have had the pleasure seem to prefer the Cocchi. The Cocchi is a little more bitter than the Lillet. No matter which ingredients you choose, the Vesper is a very pleasant variation on the traditional martini.


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