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Injected into popular culture by Ian Fleming’s 1953 novel Casino Royale, the Vesper pays homage to Vesper Lynd, James Bond’s sultry yet ill-fated love interest. Far from delicate, this drink was purportedly invented and enjoyed by Fleming and his adventurous friend Ivar Bryce, whose copy of the novel is inscribed, For Ivar; who mixed the first Vesper and said the good word:’ The Vesper is a truly daring cocktail, featuring both gin and vodka with Lillet-a resplendent vermouth stand-in. Many people are enthralled by Bond’s flawless, suave, yet rugged persona, but what an intriguing character Fleming must have been. After all, he named a beguiling woman of less-than-lilywhite repute after a cocktail named for the sixth canonical hour-specifically, evening prayers. Fleming’s cocktail party was definitely one I would have wanted to attend. Feeling a little cautious? Consider this drink a wonderful bridge between gin and vodka. Bond would approve of using an Old-World, grain-based vodka; I always use something bold, spicy, and assertive. Maybe you can go all in and venture into the world of the 100 proof distillate.



Total Timeunder 15 minutes

Type of Dishalcoholic beverage, beverage, cocktails


  • 1 oz (30 ml) vodka
  • 2 oz (60 ml) gin
  • ½ oz (15 ml) Lillet Blanc


  1. In an ice-filled mixing glass add vodka, gin, and Lillet Blanc; shake until ice cold. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a large, thin slice of lemon peel.


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