Conjured straight from Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale, this infamous martini was James Bond’s cocktail of choice. It was named after Vesper Lynd, Bond’s doomed double-agent girlfriend. The potent cocktail appropriately calls for Russian Vodka and is served with an orange twist to complement the Lillet, a delicious replacement for vermouth. This drink is served in Bond’s preferred glass, a champagne coupe, and of course, it is shaken, not stirred.
- Gin – 2 ounces
- Russian Vodka – 3/4 ounce
- Lillet Blanc - 1/3 ounce
- Large Orange Twist
- Shake the liquid ingredients vigorously with ice.
- Strain into a champagne coupe of chilled cocktail glass.
- Twist the orange peel over the drink and drop it in.
I wrote about the Vesper Martini as one of the 6 best literary cocktails. It’s one of the only ones that can be easily made and actually tastes good. http://bookdirtblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/literatures-greatest-cocktails-6.html