The Vesper Cocktail was first mentioned in the 007 book, Casino Royale in 1953. The first book that introduced us to James Bond has the character describing to a bartender the exact recipe for his Vesper Martini. A hybrid drink between the classic martini made with gin, the relatively new at that time vodka martini with an added twist, instead of the standard vermouth Bond, specifies Kina Lillet.
The Vesper is a drink better known from the books and films of James Bond than in cocktail bars. So, it is a cool, refreshing drink on a hot summer evening or even as a drink to chill with indoors with someone special. This easy to mix drink gives pleasure in a more surprising way than some of its more classic counterparts and can have even more variety depending on the make of Gin and Vodka you use.
Here we have recreated that old recipe for you and added a couple more adaptions on the theme for you to enjoy, and with different flavored finishes, there should be something for everyone’s taste.
007 Vesper Cocktail
3 parts Gordon’s gin
1 part Vodka
A ½ measure of Kina Lillet
Shaken well until cold (not stirred) and serve with a thin curl of lemon peel.
These Vesper ingredients create a smooth and floral drink with a hint of citrus, and with these rather generous volumes will serve two ordinary people.
Italian Style Vesper Cocktail
1 oz parts dry gin
1 oz part Vodka
A ½oz measure of Cocchi Americano
Shake well until cold and stir with a grapefruit twist.
This version of the Vesper ingredients will give you a bitter, crisp taste if this is more what you desire in your cocktails
Vesper Cocktail for Everyone
2 parts gin
1 part Vodka
2 parts white wine
Garnish with lemon rind, lime rind, and orange rind to give that hint of fruit
Using a jug, add all the alcohol and stir, then top with the garnish to make a convenient, fast jug of simple cocktails that can be poured over ice to share with your friends.
Stirred and not shaken, this isn’t exactly James Bond but kept chilled it is ideal as another of the mixed drinks you can present at a party that still has the presence of cocktails when properly presented in a martini glass maybe over ice.
Mixed drinks in quantity are great for a party, but a little extreme for a quiet twosome. So, just in case you lose track of how many you are drinking, it is always a good idea to have your trusted Ultimate Hangover Prevention on standby, for when you realize how much you have had and the morning after when you wish you hadn’t had so much.
We hope you enjoy trying out these different Vesper cocktail combinations and we hope, like James Bond, you find a favorite to add to your repertoire of cocktails and mixed drinks to share with your friends and family on any special occasion.