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Make James Bond’s Vesper martini

“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 think of a good name” – 007, Casino Royale, 1953.

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The world’s best secret agent often has a hankering for a pre-meal martini, with perhaps the most famous version being his own creation – the Vesper – from 1953’s Casino Royale. Here’s how it’s done…


– 3 measures of Gordon’s Gin
– 1 measure of vodka
– Half a measure of Kina Lillet
– Lemon peel for garnish


– Cocktail shaker
– Deep champagne goblet (or cocktail glass)


Chill your glass with ice and water then pour your measures into your cocktail shaker. Shake hard for 5-10 seconds and pour into your empty, chilled glass. Twist the lemon peel to release flavour and add it to the glass.

Shaken or stirred?

The phrase “shaken, not stirred” first appears in the novel Diamonds Are Forever (1956), though Bond doesn’t actually say it himself until Dr. No (1958). Sean Connery was the first on-screen 007 to utter the immortal instruction in Goldfinger (1964).

When Bond first orders the Vesper it’s in 1953’s Casino Royale novel, though he asks the bartender to “Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold”, and doesn’t mention the word ‘stirred’. When Daniel Craig’s 007 is asked which he’d prefer, he replies “Do I look like I give a damn?” But then he had just lost millions of dollars on poker.

Many bartenders, as well as Esquire, argue martinis should be stirred, but we think that slightly spoils the fun.

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  • Daisy Carpenter

    wow! These sound incredible 🙂

  • Erik Alfred

    My kind of drink

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