Vesper Martini is a cocktail that was, in its original form, made of gin, vodka and Kina Lillet. Made famous by Ian Fleming in his James Bond series, the drink is now a famous cocktail served all over the world. Although there are versions of the cocktail around, the traditional recipe and ingredients are still the more preferred and popular.
Origin of Vesper Martini Drink
The cocktail was first introduced by Ian Fleming in his 1954 James Bond book Casino Royale. The drink was order by the British secret service agent during his meeting with CIA contact Felix Leitner. After Bond finished ordering the drink, he told Leitner that he would patent the drink as soon as can think of a good enough name. Later in the book, he dubs the drink the Vesper and the drink has since become popular and is one of the most widely consumed British cocktails.
Ingredients and Method of Preparation: Vesper Martini Drink Recipe
Traditional ingredients of the Vesper Martini are three measures of gin, one measure of vodka and one-half measure of Kina Lillet. Served in a cocktail glass with a lemon twist, the drink's primary alcohol volume is made up of gin and vodka.
Those who want to duplicate Bond's original cocktail today often find the task difficult as most of original ingredients have either been reformulated or are no longer available. Most ingredients have, therefore, been substituted with ones that help keep the finished product as close as possible to the original flavour. Kina Lillet, which is no longer available, is mostly substituted with either a Lillet Blanc or dry vermouth. The popular proper bitterness of the cocktail is created by adding a few dashes of Angostura bitters or a dash of quinine powder.
Modern day ingredients mostly used for the cocktail are Gordon's gin, vodka, Lillet Blanc or dry vermouth, Angostura bitters and lemon. The drink is made much like most other cocktails and preparation time is merely 2 to 3 minutes. All the ingredients are poured into a cocktail shaker which has been half-filled with ice and shaken vigorously. The concoction is strained into a chilled Cocktail or Martini glass, garnished with a lemon twist and Vesper Martini is ready to be served.
Serving Vesper Martini Drink
The cocktail is served straight up, without ice, in a Martini glass which has been chilled beforehand. Although garnishing is optional in the modern version, a lemon twist is mostly used.
Vesper Martini Drink Recipe: Trivia
Vesper Martini is said to have been named by Bond after Vesper Lynd, his romantic interest who later turned out to be a spy. Lynd is the only woman Bond ever proposed to, other than his wife, Tracy.