The Vesper Martini is a variation of the classic Dry Martini, invented by James Bond author Ian Fleming. First appeared in the 1953s Casino Royale, the iconic martini riff made its debut when 007 ordered a shaken, not choppy, Martini vodka. After meeting Vesper Lynd, Bond decides that’s the perfect name for his recently invented cocktail.
The Vesper Martini became very popular after the publication of the novel, and gave rise to the famous slogan “shaken, not stirred” immortalized in the Bond films. The drink’s real name (along with its full recipe) was first mentioned onscreen in the 2006 film adaptation of Casino Royale.
Bond’s Vesper Martini recipe, as described in the 1953 book: “Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, one half measure of Kina Lillet. Shake very well until glazed, then add a large thin slice of lemon zest. Understood?’
Since Kina Lillet was discontinued in 1986 and the proof of Gordon’s Gin was cut in 1992, the original recipe for the Vesper Martini can no longer be made exactly. Substitutes can be used to restore the original flavor of the drink.
- Three scoops of London Dry Gin
- A measure of Russian vodka
- Half measure of Lillet Blanc
- Garnish with lemon zest
Measure the ingredients in a shaker and fill with ice to the brim. Shake vigorously, then strain into a frosted Martini glass. Garnish with a lemon zest, sprayed on the glass to express the oils. To drink very cold.
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David Hans Cocktail
Directed and edited by Alex Low
Photograph by YH Chong
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