Created by Ian Fleming, the Vesper was introduced in the 1953 novel Casino Royale by 00 agent James Bond and revisited in the 2006 film Casino Royale. The book and the film are very similar with the intro of this inspired cocktail.
In the film, Bond is playing poker, he orders a champagne changes his mind and goes onto name the ingredients of his new cocktail. The other poker players seem to agree its a tasty drink and proceed to order also. Throughout the film Bond makes comparisons to the cocktail he names “Vesper” and his love interest Vesper Lynd who he named the drink after.
Drink variations :
The original from the novel and book –
“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.”
Kina Lillet has been reformulated since 1953. Some substitute Orange bitters or Angostura bitters to recreate the original 1953 cocktail.
Esquire Magazine updated the drink in 2006 with this recipe –
- Shake (if you must) with plenty of cracked ice:
- 3 oz Tanqueray gin
- 1 oz 100-proof Stolichnaya vodka
- 1/2 oz Lillet Blanc
- 1/8 teaspoon (or less) quinine powder or, in desperation, 2 dashes of bitters
- Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and twist a large swatch of thin-cut lemon peel over the top. Shoot somebody evil.
Traveling for Taverns prefers this method –
- 3oz Bombay Gin
- 1oz of Ketel One Vodka
- 1/4oz of extra dry vermouth
- Shake with ice
- mist martini glass with extra dry vermouth (optional)
- strain in martini glass
- rub rim of glass with lemon peel twist and drop in
- watch a 007 film or observe your lightweight friends falling over