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Recipe: Bond's Vesper

This is the version of the martini that Bond orders in Casino Royale. Make it like Bond: 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.

Bond's Vesper Ingredients

  • cup gin

  • 1 fluid ounce Russian vodka

  • 1 tablespoon Lillet blanc

  • ice cubes

  • 1 lemon twist

How to Make Bond's Vesper

  1. Pour gin, vodka, and Lillet over ice. Shake or stir (remember, Bond doesnt give a damn anymore), then strain into a martini glass. Garnish with lemon twist. Enjoy, preferably while dressed in a tux and betting the Crown Jewels at the poker table.

Bond's Vesper Nutritions

  • Calories: 210.4 calories

  • Carbohydrate: 0 g

  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

  • Fat: 0 g

  • Fiber: 0 g

  • Protein: 0 g

  • SaturatedFat: 0 g

  • ServingSize:

  • Sodium: 1.4 mg

  • Sugar: 0 g

  • TransFat:

  • UnsaturatedFat:

Bond's Vesper Reviews

  • Not exactly Bonds Vesper. The original recipe called for 100 proof Vodka and 94 proof Gin. Over the last 40 years distillers have, generally, lowered the proofs of their liquor. If you really want the taste, and kick, of the original, use Stoly 100 and Tanqueray Gin. Then as Matt noted in his review, use Lillet Blanc with a few drops of bitters.

  • The original recipe called for Kina Lillet which had Quinine in it. Since this is no longer available, use Lillet Blanc with a few drops of Angostura Bitters to simulate the bitter taste of Quinine.

  • Careful, this drink will knock you over My fiance was out before the Bond Marathon even started

  • Seems like Im not the only person obsessive enough to look up a Vesper. Pretty good. But remember, Bond specified GORDANs gin and he said to shake it.

  • This is so elegant, once you have gathered all ingredients: Lillet Blanc, Gordons Vodka, Gordons Gin, shaken Lemon twist. Better be sure you are sitting down. Fireplace helps. BTW, you can keep it in the freezer pre-mixed for really tough weeks. Life is good.

  • I made this for my husband and a similar one from this site for myself that used orange instead of lemon. I actually preferred the one with the orange but hubby liked this just fine. This is POTENT for sure. Knowing it would take awhile to finish the drink I made custom ice cubes with lemon zest frozen inside to keep it chilled yet add flavor as the cubes melted.

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