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Vesper Martini: James Bond’s favourite cocktail

Gin, vodka, and Kina Lillet for the drink
invented by Ian Fleming

by Sara Cervo
May 15th, 2015

Though James Bond, in Skyfall, throws himself into a blond, meaning a beer, and in numerous other films we see him sipping French bubbly from the finest maisons, often under the sheets accompanied by gorgeous women, there’s no doubt that the Vesper Martini is the preferred drink of the most famous British secret agent in the world.

The “shaken, not stirredcocktail, invented by Ian Fleming in the 1953 book “Casino Royal”, is made with three measures of Gordon’s gin, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet (no longer on the market, now substituted with Lillet Blanc) and a twist of lemon.

The origin of the name is in memory of Vesper Lynd, one of the (many) Bond girls, portrayed in Casino Royal by Eva Green, for whom 007 falls head over heels. The blue-eyed femme fatale who will completely enthrall Daniel Craig, for the first time in the role of James Bond.

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