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Vesper Martini

Vesper Martini

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  • 2 Ounces Vodka
  • 1 Ounce Gin
  • 3/4 Ounces Lillet Blanc
  • Dash of Orange Bitters
  • 1 Orange twist


Mix together vodka, gin, and Lillet Blanc. Add a dash of orange bitters, shake and serve up with an orange twist.

Nutritional Facts


Calories Per Serving226



Vitamin A0.4µgN/A

Vitamin C3mg5%



Folate (food)0.8µgN/A

Folate equivalent (total)0.8µg0.2%






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Step 1

Stir gin, vodka, and Lillet Blanc in an ice-filled mixing glass until very cold, about 30 seconds. Strain cocktail through a Hawthorne strainer or a slotted spoon into a martini glass.

Step 2

Using a small serrated knife, remove a 1" strip of peel from lemon (some white pith is okay) it should be stiff enough to provide some resistance when bent. Twist over drink to express oils discard. Garnish with a lemon twist.

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Vesper Martini has high alcohol content and hence has a very strong sharp taste.

So to make this cocktail the perfect way, you need to make sure that the drink is served in a chilled glass. This way the drink seems really great.

So before we start lets chill the cocktail glass. You can do this by filling the Cocktail glass with lots of ice and let it chill until we prepare – Vesper Martini.

Now take, lots of ice in a shaker and add all the ingredients to it. Shake it well for around 30 seconds to mix the spirits well.

Remove the ice from Cocktail glass and strain the cocktail into it.

Your Vesper Martini is ready to be served, but wait! Garnish the drink with a thin lemon peel just the way Mr. Bond likes it.

How To Make A Vesper Martini Like James Bond

Cocktails have long been a popular drink around the world, but their popularity &ndash that of martinis in particular &ndash has no doubt been helped by the famous phrase &ldquoshaken, not stirred&rdquo. Spoken by none other than everyone&rsquos favourite British secret agent James Bond, the term is best associated with the vodka martini.

The phrase first appeared in the 1956 novel Diamonds Are Forever, but the MI6 agent didn&rsquot say it himself until the sixth book Dr No. In film, Sean Connery&rsquos Bond first uttered the words in Goldfinger. Since then, James Bond has become the guy all guys dream to be, aspiring to his life of tuxedos, cars, gadgets and women.

The pairing of James Bond and cocktails became more solid following the 2006 movie Casino Royale (although lovers of the books already understood the close bond, since the novel of the same name was released in 1953). In Casino Royale, James orders a Vesper martini, a drink much more specific than the vodka martini everyone knows him to be a fan of. But just because it&rsquos so precise, doesn&rsquot mean you can&rsquot make your own and be like Bond.

Our Favorite Martini Recipes by Style

For all the sleuthing done by cocktail historians, no one seems to have turned up a solid story for the birth of the dry gin Martini , the only certainty being that this classic cocktail has run the gamut of flavors, from subtly sweet to deathly dry and sometimes even dirty, over the course of its nebulous history.

By nature, the Martini is a strong drink, typically two parts base spirit to one part vermouth, with the occasional dash of bitters. Some renditions, however, are particularly potent: the Vesper, James Bond’s drink of choice in Casino Royale, is a heady mixture of gin and vodka in equal measure, while the similarly spiritous Gibson comes with a pickled onion garnish for a hint of salinity.

At the other end of the spectrum, fruit juices can make for sweeter interpretations of the original formula, like in the indulgent Porn Star Martini , which sees vodka, passion fruit and vanilla served alongside a shot of pink Champagne. And of course, there is the classic Cosmopolitan , the pink-hued stalwart created by New York bartender Toby Cecchini , but made famous by Sex and the City .

A tantalizingly easy template to modify, the drink has spurred countless variations over the years. Here, now, all of the Martinis for all hours and all seasons.

Classic Gin

Fitty-Fitty Martini
The original ingredients, with an updated ratio.

Turf Cocktail
A Maraschino-laced take on the classic.

Gin Blossom
An aromatic, apricot-infused spin.

Flashier, with absinthe and créme de violette.

A mellow Martini in Negroni’s clothing.

Classic Vodka

A spiritous punch of vodka and gin.

Flame of Love
Sherry and bitters, with a dramatic finish.

Bemelmans’ Vesper
A double dose of vodka and gin, shaken not stirred.

Classic “Sweet”

A gin Martini with sweet vermouth.

A citrusy riff on the Gin Sour.


Espresso Martini
A vodka-based version fortified with coffee liqueur.

Cafe du Maine
Coffee brandy, cognac and a shot of vanilla syrup.

Alexander the Great
The Espresso Martini’s creamier cousin.


A cranberry Cape-Codder gets a sophisticated makeover.

Porn Star Martini
Passion fruit and vodka get a Champagne chaser.


Sumac Martini
Piquant and boozy with a hint of lemon.

La Môme
A floral, fruity ode to the original.

Sakura Martini
A sake-based riff with a salted cherry blossom garnish.

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Vesper Martini Cocktail

The Vesper Martini is James Bond's classic twist on the iconic drink, mixing GREY GOOSE® with gin and Lillet® for a slightly bitter and herbal serve that makes a statement.

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  1. Stir the spirits in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Strain into a well-chilled cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish with a twist of lemon.

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  2. Strain into a mixing glass and garnish

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Casino Royale, Ian Fleming, 1953

Drink recipes often come from interesting sources. We’ve covered cocktails imagined by American sports column writers living in occupied Europe, surly authors promoting their latest fiction, and cocktail luminaries improvising over picky gallery owner’s furniture restrictions. The common thread amidst these three examples is the profession of their creator, so it should come as no surprise that the drink printed here not only comes from unusual circumstances, but was also invented by a writer. In his 1953 book Casino Royale, Ian Fleming needed a drink for his new character—a suave spy named James Bond—to request during an exchange with a bartender. What is funny about this progression is not that an author invented a drink, but that Bond spells the drink out line by line to the bartender in the dialogue. This wouldn’t have been uncommon during the time period, as many bar patrons of the era would explain exactly what they wanted, but Fleming's decision to print the recipe verbatim had an interesting and interactive effect: fans of the series could actually make the drink their favorite character liked, and this act of engagement has perpetuated and popularized this vesper far beyond what Fleming likely imagined.

It is important to note that Fleming was not some kind of cocktail genius. In fact, the vesper—when made as printed—tastes a lot like a martini riff invented by an author at home on a Thursday evening. It is a decent drink, but nothing to write home about. It might remind some of an Alaska, but not nearly as good. The most memorable thing about the original vesper is the drinks size, which clocks in at a whopping four ounces of base spirit: enough booze to rival the tall drinks American tiki bars were dispensing during the same decade. The fact that Fleming’s recipe didn’t cause mouth fireworks wasn’t a huge surprise to us, but if you are a bit dismayed by this result, as we were, then fear not and read on.

After experimenting a decent amount with the Vesper, we came to the recipe printed here, which is something we found to be quite memorable and good. First, we reduced the drink down to more reasonable proportions. This shouldn’t be too controversial: Bond was in a hurry when he ordered his vesper, so we can assume the proportions fit the purpose and that hopefully Bond won’t strap explosives to the bottom of our helicopter for changing it. The second alteration is the one Bond—and many of the drink’s fans—might not think kindly of. We tried this drink with and without vodka, and feel it is emphatically better without. We love mixed-base drinks, but vodka simply doesn’t add anything to the recipe other than distracting wafts of paint thinner. If you must have vodka in this drink, the ratio is 3:1, so a little calculator action will undoubtedly get you there. The true star of this drink is Kina Lillet, an extinct ingredient and the key to the recipe. We recommend Tempus Fugit’s Kina L'Aéro d'Or, a delightful revival created by the undeniable champions of historical spirit reviving. While we haven’t tried it, the Haus Alpenz offering Bonal Gentiane-Quina could work as a backup. We liked this drink with a full ounce of Kina too, but felt the amount printed here yielded something that embodied the spirit of the drink. That said, if you would like to experience the Kina more, a full ounce tastes pretty good. Our final recommendation—one that will definitely get explosives strapped to the bottom of our helicopter—is that like all variations on the Martini, we recommend to stir, and never shake.

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We believe that high quality ingredients found in nature will yield remarkable results when crafted with care. Made from Polish rye, purified water and a distillation process by fire, Belvedere vodka contains zero additives, and is produced in accordance with the legal regulations of Polish Vodka that dictate nothing can be added.

Belvedere has long stood for living a balanced life and drinking better, not more, with a “best, fresh, simple” approach to cocktails. By selecting the freshest, best ingredients found in nature, and combining them with the natural taste and character of Belvedere vodka, incredible cocktails will follow. Cocktail ingredients like fruit and vegetable juices, slices of citrus, berries or green cucumbers, and fragrant herbs come together in simple, easy-to-craft combinations bursting with fresh flavor, so you can enjoy elevated, made-at-home cocktails perfectly suited for any occasion or season.

James Bond&rsquos Vesper a.k.a. The Original

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Add ice, shake hard for 10 to 12 seconds, strain up into a large martini or cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon peel.

This is as close to the original as I dare go, pretty much the same but for that the entire thing has been scaled down to accommodate a human frame. The ratios are conserved, as well as the intensity: Gordon&rsquos gin, as mentioned, would’ve been 47 percent back then but is now 40 percent in the US, so our old friend Tanqueray can step in to shoulder the burden. As for the &ldquoKina Lillet&rdquo&mdash&ldquoKina&rdquo referred to quinquina, the deeply bitter root from which its prime flavor was taken. The company reformulated in the 󈨔s to be brighter, lighter and less bitter, and it&rsquos relatively established now that the Italian Cocchi Americano or the Swiss Kina l&rsquoAero d&rsquoOr carry on the tradition, and the latter, being punchier and more sharply bitter, works better here.

This an intense, bracing drink. Shaking, as opposed to stirring, makes it thinner, colder and more diluted, which helps mitigate the booziness, while the aromatized wine provides a murmur of character in what is otherwise an icy cup of slightly thinned gin. A true Bond fan should try one like this at least once, if for no other reason than to know what it&rsquos like.

The Vesper Martini

Spending a weekend hanging out with the famous “King Cocktail”, Dale DeGroff of New York’s fabulous Rainbow Room, unearthed my new favorite cocktail. I’ve never been one to go straight for a Martini, but after chatting with Dale I found my ideal summer sip: The Vesper Martini.

Vodka or gin? The beginnings of the iconic martini were gin and vermouth. It wasn’t until the mid-1960s in the United States that vodka started to make a play. Today most people mean vodka when they order one, unless they specifically request a gin martini. Can’t decide? Have both with a dab of Lillet Blanc and voila, you may just be a martini drinker after all.

Lillet Blanc is a bottle you must add to your bar for summer. It's a wine- based aperitif that has a light honeyed citrus flavor, typically served with a slice of orange or lemon peel. On the rocks, with tonic or sparkling water this pretty pour makes a light and refreshing, low- alcohol sip mid- day or for happy hour. For something stronger enjoy it in this Vesper Martini.

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