The Vesper Cocktail is a classic drink that was made famous by James Bond in Ian Fleming’s novel “Casino Royale.” It’s a sophisticated cocktail that combines gin, vodka, and Lillet Blanc, garnished with a lemon twist. The Vesper is known for its strong, crisp, and refreshing taste, making it a perfect choice for a stylish evening drink.


  • 3 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1/2 ounce Lillet Blanc (or another aromatized white wine if unavailable)
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon peel, for garnish


  1. Chill the Glass: Start by placing your cocktail glass in the freezer to chill. A chilled glass will enhance the drinking experience.
  2. Mix the Cocktail: In a mixing glass, combine the gin, vodka, and Lillet Blanc. Add a generous amount of ice cubes.
  3. Stir: Using a long cocktail spoon, stir the mixture for about 30 seconds to properly chill the ingredients without diluting them too much. Stirring, as opposed to shaking, will give the cocktail a smooth and clear appearance.
  4. Strain: Strain the cocktail into the chilled glass. A fine-mesh strainer can be used to ensure no ice chips enter the glass.
  5. Garnish: Twist a piece of lemon peel over the drink to express the oils, then drop it into the glass or rub it along the rim before adding it to the drink.
  6. Serve: Serve immediately and enjoy responsibly.


  • The original Vesper called for Kina Lillet, which is no longer available. Lillet Blanc is a suggested substitute, although it’s slightly less bitter than the original Kina Lillet. Some people add a dash of bitters to compensate.

Nutrition Facts (approximation):

  • Calories: 250
  • Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 0g
  • Protein: 0g

Prep and Cooking Time:

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes


  • Serves: 1

The Vesper Cocktail is a timeless drink that embodies the elegance and danger associated with James Bond. Its straightforward preparation and unique combination of flavors make it a must-try for cocktail enthusiasts. Whether you’re hosting a sophisticated soiree or simply enjoying a quiet evening, the Vesper offers a taste of 007’s daring lifestyle.

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