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Vesper Martini Recipe

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Vesper Martini Cocktail

Vesper Martini

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Every James Bond fan will recognize the lines in the recipe below as the first martini James Bond ordered in Casino Royale.

The Kina Lillet Bond speaks of can be found today labeled as White or Blanc Lillet. It's a brand of dry vermouth made in France since the late 1800's that is often referred to as "the apèritif of Bordeaux". Bond's glassware of choice for the Vesper is a deep Champagne goblet.

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail


  • 3 measures of Gordon's Gin
  • 1 measure of vodka
  • 1/2 measure Kina Lillet
  • Lemon peel for garnish


The Vesper according to Ian Fleming and James Bond:

"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

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 3 out of 5
Vesper Martini a la CIA Spook, Member TheRuthlessOne

As a former Clandestine Service Officer with the CIA Special Opertations Group I make my martinis with 2 ounces of Bombay Gin with 1 ounce of Triple Second shaken in ice until very cold then poured into a deep champaigne glass. I use olives stuffed with anchovies as well as a lemon twist. I learned this new recipe while in Capetown, South Africa. Bon appetite.

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