The Vesper Martini
- 1 1/2 oz of Gin
- 1/2 oz of Vodka
- 1/4 oz of Lillet Blanc
- Shake and Strain. Shake it up real nice, it’s a strong drink and you sort of want a little bit of the ice to melt to bring out the floral notes of the Gin.
- Garnish with a large thin lemon peel. Make sure you zest the lemon before dropping it in!
This famous drink was created by Ian Fleming – James Bond in the book Casino Royale.
“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?”
–Casino Royale, Chapter 7
Normally Martinis with all alcohol ingredients are stirred as to avoid “bruising” the drink. However, after James Bond created this drink; snobs have started ordering martinis “shaken, not stirred”. There’s a little history lesson for you all. If you do prefer your Martini shaken and not stirred. Just order it as a “Bruised Martini” to avoid looking like an fool.
On a side note, Kina Lillet no longer exists. It goes under the name Lillet Blanc (White). I believe this change was due to a slight change in the original recipe and also for marketing purposes. Here’s a photo I found online.