Vesper Martini

This is the classic martini made up on the spur of the moment by James Bond. This humorous little moment in Casino Royale shows what (or who) Mr. Bond was really thinking about. It has become a bit a cocktail lore. Vesper Martini.

Vesper Martini

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  • 3 ounce london dry gin
  • 1 ounce 100-proof stolichnaya vodka
  • ½ ounce lillet blanc
  • .125 teaspoon (or less) quinine powder or, in desperation, 2 dashes of bitters


Shake these ingredients (if you must) with plenty of cracked ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and twist a large swatch of thin-cut lemon peel over the top. Shoot somebody evil.