How To Make A Vesper

James Bond might be forever associated with the Martini (shaken, of course), but true cocktail pros and Bond lovers alike also know about the Vesper, which Ian Fleming created in the 1953 novel Casino Royale. Sometimes, simplicity is key — hence why the Vesper has won over the hearts of many, and is now an internationally beloved build. Check out the full list of the 50 most popular cocktails in the world.

Vesper Ingredients

  • 2 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Lillet

Vesper Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in mixing glass with ice.
  2. Stir.
  3. Strain into chilled cocktail glass
  4. Garnish with a thin lemon and orange and enjoy.

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Yield: 1 Cocktail
Calories: 221
Updated: 2024-04-22

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Vesper FAQ

What does a Vesper taste like?

A Vesper is a very strong cocktail, carrying herbaceous notes from gin that are tamed by the grain notes of vodka. The addition of Lillet brings forward slightly sweet flavors with botanicals of its own that nicely complement those in the gin.

Is the Vesper a Martini?

Yes, the Vesper is a Martini, its full name being the Vesper Martini.

Who created the Vesper?

Created by Ian Fleming in his 1953 novel “Casino Royale,” the Vesper gained popularity as the favorite drink of James Bond. The cocktail was created by Fleming as a variation on the dry Martini, who decided to name the cocktail after Bond love interest Vesper Lynd.