Gin, Vodka, Aromatized wine, Lemon zest
14ozLillet Blanc (or Cocchi Americano)
1twstLemon zest (as garnish)
Shake, strain, straight up, cocktail glass. Because that is the way Bond likes it -- shaken, not stirred.
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.
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Created byIan Fleming, author, Casino Royale
ReferenceGary Regan, The Joy of Mixology.
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Dan on 11/12/2010
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Vesper, Sam's Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, CA
Vesper, Sam's Chowder House, Half Moon Bay, CA


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.

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

Zachary Pearson's picture

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.

Dan's picture

Right you are. Fixed.

I like to use a 1:1:1 ratio

Cocktailian's picture

I've always been a 1.5 gin to 1 vodka--keep the lillet or cocchi to the 1/4 suggested

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