In the first of the James Bond novels, “Casino Royale,” Mr. Bond creates his one and only cocktail, which he calls a “special martini”. He eventually names it a Vesper in honor of his doomed love-interest, British agent Vesper Lynd. Notice that in the novels, not only does Bond drink a number of different cocktails, but the one he creates is mostly Gin and not Vodka. Only in the films does he insist on drinking Vodka Martinis, and that only came about through a product placement deal with Smirnoff.


3 ounces gin (Nolet’s)
1 ounce vodka (Ketel One)
½ ounce Lillet Blanc (Kina Lillet in the novel, it’s old name)
Lemon peel (for garnish)

Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon peel.

007 with Vesper