Although the “average” Vodka Martini is better known in Bond’s adventures, it is the Vesper Martini that is the “true” Bond Martini as it was the first mentioned and the one that he claims to have invented in Casino Royale (and the only time he drinks one in the movies or novels). The recipe for the Vesper is dictated in chapter 7 as follows and is named for the lovely Vesper.
‘A dry Martini,’ he said. ‘One. In a deep champagne goblet.’
‘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 slice of lemon-peel. Got it?’
If you have not had a properly made Vesper Martini you are missing out on a fantastic drink.
Every James Bond fan will recognize the lines in the recipe below as the first martini James Bond ordered in Casino Royale. The Kina Lillet Bond speaks can be found today labeled as White or Blanc Lillet. It’s a brand of dry vermouth made in France since the late 1800’s that is often referred to as “the apèritif of Bordeaux”. Bond’s glassware of choice for the Vesper is a deep Champagne goblet.
3 measures of Gordon’s Gin
1 measure of vodka
1/2 measure Kina Lillet
lemon peel for garnish
The Vesper according to Ian Fleming and James Bond:
“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?”
-Casino Royale, Chapter 7