The Vesper


5cl Plymouth Gin
3cl Russian Standard Vodka
2cl Lillet Blanc
Lemon Twist
“More is More”

This drink was invented and named by Ian Fleming in the 1953 James Bond novel Casino Royale. “A dry martini,” Bond said. “One. In a deep champagne goblet.”
“Oui, Monsieur.”
“Just a moment. Three measures of Gordon’s, one of Vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?” “Certainly, monsieur.” The barman seemed pleased with the idea.
“Gosh, that’s certainly a drink!” said Leiter.
Bond laughed. “When I’m … er … concentrating,” he explained, “I never have more than one drink before dinner. But I do like that one to be large and very strong and very cold and very well made. I hate small portions of anything, particularly when they taste bad.
This drink’s my own invention. I’m going to patent it when I can think of a good name.”

Ian Fleming, Casino Royale, Chapter 7, “Rouge et Noir”


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