Vesper Cocktail Recipe

Every James Bond fan will recognize the lines in this recipe as the first martini Bond ordered in Ian Fleming’s 1953 book, “Casino Royale.” It is possibly the most famous drink order in history, it’s extremely precise, and recreating the Vesper martini at home is easier than you think.

This drink is purely fictional, one created by the author in his first book about the now famous British Secret Service agent. It’s even become known as the “Bond martini.” Of course, as any devotee of the books or movies knows, Bond is very fond of fine cocktails and this was certainly not the last drink in the series.

The Vesper martini is interesting because it combines gin and vodka with a dry vermouth. It’s a very potent mix and Fleming (er, Bond) is very specific about brands for two of the ingredients involved.

Vesper Martini


  • 3 ounces Gordon’s Gin
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1/2 ounce Lillet (or another dry vermouth)
  • Garnish: lemon peel

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine the ingredients.
  3. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with a large piece of lemon peel.


  • Shaking the drink will break down more ice and add a greater amount of water to the cocktail. This dilution is actually a good thing, because it creates a well-balanced cocktail in which all the ingredients become one flavor.

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