Vesper Martini

This post contains affiliate links. See our disclosure policy here.

Get Our Recipes Sent To Your Inbox
Thanks! Keep an eye on your inbox for updates.

Cocktail History

The Vesper Martini is a classic cocktail that was first published in Casino Royale, Ian Fleming’s 1953 novel about the British spy James Bond. Fleming himself is said to have invented the drink at the famous Duke’s Bar in London, England, although his recipe originally called for gin, vodka, and Kina Lillet, a liqueur made with white wine, fruit liqueurs, and quinine. The latter was discontinued in 1986, so Lillet Blanc or Cocchi Americano are now commonly used in its place.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Gin: This is a spirit made with juniper berries, botanicals, and alcohol. We used Gordon’s London Dry Gin because it has a classic botanical flavor, is the top-selling gin in the world, and is the gin used in the book’s recipe. For a mocktail version of this drink, try MONDAY Zero Alcohol Gin in place of the gin.

Vodka: This is a spirit made with grains, vegetables or fruits, and alcohol. We used Smirnoff Vodka because it’s high quality and affordable. For a mocktail version of this drink, try STRYKK Not V*dka in place of the vodka.

Lillet Blanc: This is an aromatized wine liqueur made in France with Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon grapes, citrus, florals, honey, baking spices, and water. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Apéritif Dry in place of the wine liqueur.

Lemon Twist: This is the peel of a lemon that has been twisted into a corkscrew shape.

Bartending Tools

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following bar tools:

Jigger: This is used to measure and pour ingredients. We used the Japanese jigger from the A Bar Above 14-Piece Silver Bar Set.

Mixing Glass: This is used to hold the ingredients while they’re being stirred. We used the Viski 17 oz Cocktail Mixing Glass.

Bar Spoon: This is used to stir ingredients. We used the Barfly Stainless Steel Teardrop Bar Spoon.

Julep Strainer: This is used to strain out ice and solid ingredients after the cocktail is stirred. We used the A Bar Above Julep Strainer.

Peeler: This is used to remove the garnish peel from the citrus. We used the OXO Good Grips 2-Piece Peeler Set.

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from Casino Royale by Ian Fleming.

Sale
Casino Royale (James Bond (Original Series))
Casino Royale (James Bond (Original Series))
Fleming, Ian (Author); English (Publication Language); 188 Pages – 10/16/2012 (Publication Date) – Thomas & Mercer (Publisher)
$13.99

AuthorCasino Royale

Yields1 ServingPrep Time5 mins

Ingredients
 3 oz Gin
 1 oz Vodka
 ½ oz Lillet Blanc
 1 Lemon Twist

Method
1

Add gin, vodka, Lillet Blanc, and cubed ice to a mixing glass.

2

Stir for 30-45 seconds.

3

Strain into a martini glass.

4

Garnish with lemon twist.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 3 oz Gin
 1 oz Vodka
 ½ oz Lillet Blanc
 1 Lemon Twist

Directions

Method
1

Add gin, vodka, Lillet Blanc, and cubed ice to a mixing glass.

2

Stir for 30-45 seconds.

3

Strain into a martini glass.

4

Garnish with lemon twist.

Vesper

Make It a Mocktail: Use MONDAY Zero Alcohol Gin in place of the gin, STRYKK Not V*dka in place of the vodka, and Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Apéritif Dry in place of the wine liqueur to try a booze-free version of this drink.

Shop Glassware & Tools

Find collections of cocktail glassware and bartending tools we recommend for your home bar in our Amazon shop.

More Classic Cocktails

If you like this classic cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

Bee's Knees Cocktail Recipe

Bee’s Knees: A gin cocktail made with honey syrup, lemon juice, and a lemon wheel

Manhattan Cocktail Recipe

Manhattan: A rye cocktail made with sweet vermouth, orange bitters, an orange peel, and a cherry

Mint Julep Cocktail Recipe

Mint Julep: A bourbon cocktail made with mint and simple syrup

Clover Club Cocktail Recipe

Clover Club: A gin cocktail made with lemon juice, sugar, egg white, grenadine, a lemon peel, and raspberries

This post contains affiliate links, meaning we make a small commission each time you purchase a product using our links. Product images sourced from Amazon Product Advertising API. Amazon affiliate links last updated on 2024-03-04.

Leave a comment