Vesper

2 oz Gin
12 oz Vodka
14 oz Lillet Blanc (or Cocchi Americano)
1 twst Lemon zest (as garnish)
Instructions
Shake, strain, straight up, cocktail glass. Because that is the way Bond likes it -- shaken, not stirred.
Notes
Created by Ian Fleming for the character Vesper in Casino Royale. This version is as adapted by Gary Regan. The original calls for Lillet Kina. Some feel that Cocchi Americano is a good substitute.
Vesper, Sam's Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, CA
2010, Creative Commons, Sam TabascoMan77, Wikipedia
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6 Comments

Zachary Pearson's picture

I would think that Cocchi

I would think that Cocchi Americano would be a much better substitution for the (not made anymore) Kina Lillet. Bonal is very sweet vermouth meets Oloroso Sherry, and not only would you lose the color of the drink, but the flavors might be too heavy.

A very nice cocktail,

A very nice cocktail, sophisticated-tasting...and a great way to get soused quickly!

Our preferred variation

Our preferred variation is:
21⁄4 oz Gin
3⁄4 oz Vodka
1⁄2 oz Kina L'Avion D'Or OR Cocchi Americano
1 twst Lemon zest (as garnish)

The current Lillet doesn't have the amount of quinine that it used to in the 1960s. These two substitutes, we think, make a better drink. One of these, you want to go climb a tree; two, you couldn't climb a tree if you had to.