Vesper Martini

As my palate gets older and, I suppose, more experienced, I find myself gravitating towards dryer and dryer adult beverages.

I discovered this one at an excellent restaurant recently. I knew of the Vesper from Casino Royale, but had never tried Lillet, a French apertif. (Lillet is also Hannibal Lecter’s favorite drink, for what it’s worth.)

  • 3 pts of gin
  • 1 pt vodka
  • 1/2 part Lillet
  • Lemon peel for garnish

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?” — Ian Fleming, Casino Royale, Ch. 7.

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