Expand your cocktail horizons and try a Vesper Martini before dinner tonight! This is the drink that James Bond enjoyed in the novel and film, Casino Royale. Here is what you need:
1. 3 oz Gin
2. 1 oz Vodka
0.5 oz Lillet Blanc
Shake the ingredients in an iced cocktail strainer and pour into a cocktail glass. A proper martini is always shaken, not stirred. The Vesper Martini is best enjoyed ice cold. If not served ice cold, it may taste a bit like lighter fluid. The Lillet adds a bit more sweetness than a typical wine flavored vermouth, and the Vodka reduces the herbalness of the 3 ounces of gin. Add a twist of lemon (a strip of the peel squeezed to put citric oils on the surface of the martini) for the perfect garnish.
The Vesper Martini originated in the 1953 novel, Casino Royale about the fictional secret agent James Bond. The signature cocktail was only mentioned in the 2006 film Casino Royale when James Bond states that he named the drink the Vesper, because once he tasted it, it was all he wanted to drink. Bond originally named the drink afer his love interest, Vesper Lynd. The original recipe calls for Kina Lillet, but the usual replacement is Lillet Blanc, since Kina Lillet is no longer available for purchase.