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.'

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
total:
10 mins
Servings:
1
Yield:
1 martini
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Ingredients

1
Original recipe yields 1 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Pour gin, vodka, and Lillet over ice. Shake or stir (remember, Bond doesn't 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.

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Nutrition Facts

210 calories; protein 0g; carbohydrates 0g; fat 0g; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 1.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (6)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
03/08/2010
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. Read More
(15)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/15/2011
Not exactly Bond's 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. Read More
(15)
7 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 3 stars
06/15/2011
Not exactly Bond's 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. Read More
(15)
Rating: 4 stars
03/08/2010
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. Read More
(15)
Rating: 4 stars
05/12/2009
Careful this drink will knock you over! My fiance was out before the Bond Marathon even started! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2010
Seems like I'm not the only person obsessive enough to look up a Vesper. Pretty good. But remember Bond specified GORDAN's gin and he said to shake it. Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2011
This is so elegant once you have gathered all ingredients: Lillet Blanc Gordon's Vodka Gordon's 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. Read More
(5)
Rating: 4 stars
02/12/2016
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. Read More
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