James Bond might be one of the most iconic, fictional movie characters of all time. It’s not hard to see why. James Bond always has the gadgets, the weapons, and the ability to get the girl. But one thing that he has that most other characters don’t is his own signature cocktail – the Vesper Martini. The Vesper Martini is a simple, three-ingredient cocktail that you can easily replicate at home!
The Vesper martini wasn’t invented by a bartender. Instead, it was created by Ian Fleming, the author of the first James Bond book Casino Royale. The original recipe from the book called for a combination of gin, vodka, and a liqueur called Kina Lillet. Since Kina Lillet is no longer available, the modern adaptation of the recipe calls for Lillet Blanc. At the time us making this video, we did not have Lillet Blanc in stock, so we made do with another dry vermouth. Makemeacocktail.com has a great article about the full history of the Vesper Martini if you are interested. Another key aspect of this recipe is that it should be “shaken, not stirred.” Typically, cocktails that only contain alcohol are meant to be stirred in a glass instead of shaken in a Boston shaker. It’s his cocktail, so we went ahead and did it his way.
Gin isn’t for everyone, so if you are new to it, we would recommend buying a pint for trying this recipe out. If you find that this isn’t your favorite, we would recommend trying a chocolate martini instead!
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