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Vesper Martini

The Vesper Martini was first popularized in the James Bond book by Ian Fleming, Casino Royale, and gained further, more recent notoriety in the 2006 film of the same name.  The drink was named for Bond’s love interest Vesper Lynd, and showing much fondness for the drink, Fleming’s Bond recited the full recipe for a bartender.

Unlike the traditional martini’s dry vermouth, the Vesper calls for Lillet, a quinine aperitif that is sweeter than most dry vermouths. Plus, the addition of vodka to the cocktail complements the gin by smoothing out some of its sharpness. The result is a mellow, tasty cocktail that’s a nice twist on the traditional fare.

The Vesper

3 ounces London dry gin
1 ounce vodka
1/2 ounce Lillet Blanc

Stir, don’t shake, all ingredients with cracked ice until cold and strain into a stemmed cocktail glass. Twist a lemon peel over the drink to spray its oils onto the surface of the martini, then drop it in.

Written by Kevin Gray

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