‘A dry martini,’ he said. ‘One. In a deep champagne goblet.’
‘Just a moment. 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?’ ‘Certainly monsieur.’ The barman seemed pleased with the idea.
‘Gosh, that’s certainly a drink,’ said Leiter.
Bond laughed. ‘When I’m…er…concentrating,’ he explained, ‘I never have more than one drink before dinner. But I do like that one to be large and very strong and very cold, and very well-made. I hate small portions of anything, particularly when they taste bad. This drink’s my own invention. I’m going to patent it when I think of a good name.'”
The Vesper is James Bond’s most memorable cocktail, appearing in Ian Fleming’s novel Casino Royale and inspiring the famous cinematic line “shaken, not stirred”. While Bond’s martini is linked to him indefinitely, 007 also indulged in drinking old fashioneds, gin and tonics, and most often enjoyed the tried and true scotch and soda. So drinking like James Bond is an incredibly easy task to complete.
If you must try the Vesper and are used to traditional martinis, keep in mind the following ways a Vesper differs from the original martini:
- There is both vodka and gin inside the powerful Vesper.
- The Vesper is garnished with a lemon peel instead of the usual olive.
- Instead of dry vermouth the Vesper uses Kina Lillet (although true Kina Lillet has since been retooled and renamed Lillet Blanc).
- And of course, the Vesper is shaken not stirred.