Vesper Martini (Serves 1)
If you’re a James Bond fan, you will no doubt be familiar with this cocktail. It’s the martini that Bond author, Ian Fleming, invented for his infamous character. It first appeared in his book, ‘Casino Royale’, and is named after Bond’s love interest Vesper Lynd. In the book, Bond asks for ‘Three measures of Gordon’s; one of vodka; half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it over ice, and add a thin slice of lemon peel.’ Unfortunately these days it’s impossible to replicate it exactly as Kina Lillet, which adds the slightly sweet, bitter taste to the martini, is no longer available. Fortunately, there are a couple of very good substitutes – Cocchi Americano or Lillet Blanc. Recently it’s become my ‘new’ favourite cocktail, as since discovering the joy of a ‘White Negroni Twist’ (recipe here!) which requires Cocchi Americano, I’ve had an excuse to use this Italian aperitif for other cocktails, namely the Vesper Martini!!…
60ml gin (Gordons would be very ‘Bond’!)
10ml Cocchi Americano or Lillet Blanc
A strip of lemon peel, to garnish
Handful of ice
- Place all the ingredients except the lemon peel in a cocktail shaker, add a handful of ice and shake for 15 seconds until cold.
- Strain the liquid into a martini glass and garnish with the twist of lemon peel. Enjoy!
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