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I think I’ll call it a Vesper.

March 6, 2011

This is a drink created by the famous James Bond…

“A dry martini,” [Bond] said. “One. In a deep champagne goblet.”
“Oui, monsieur.”
“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 can think of a good name.”

And by the end of the book Casino Royale, he [Bond] named it the Vesper after the lead female in the novel, Vesper Lynd.

Recipe:
3 measures of Gordon’s Gin
1 measure of Vodka (grain preferred)
1/2 measure of Kina Lillet
Lemon Twist for garnish

Shaken, not stirred.

 

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