Vesper Dry Martini
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Vesper Dry Martini
Cocktail recipe

Rating

4.6 / 5
The Vesper Dry Martini stands as a classic cocktail with a storied history, famously associated with James Bond and enjoying a resurgence in popularity among cocktail aficionados. This refined drink ... more The Vesper Dry Martini stands as a classic cocktail with a storied history, famously associated with James Bond and enjoying a resurgence in popularity among cocktail aficionados. This refined drink combines the sharpness of dry gin with the smoothness of vodka, balanced by the subtle aromatic flavors of Lillet Blanc, a French aromatized wine. Traditionally served in a chilled cocktail glass, the Vesper Dry Martini offers a sophisticated flavor profile that makes it a highlight of cocktail menus worldwide. Its unique blend has positioned it as a must-try for enthusiasts seeking a drink that encapsulates elegance and complexity.
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Dry gin
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37.44% | 3.37 units *
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Classic

Cocktail glass

Ingredients

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60ml 2oz 6cl
20ml ⅔oz 2cl
10ml 0.17oz 0.5cl

Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

The Vesper Dry Martini marries the crisp botanicals of dry gin with the clean, subtle smoothness of vodka, elevated by a whisper of Lillet Blanc that adds a refined citrusy and herbaceous backdrop. This cocktail's robust, yet graceful composition makes it a timeless choice, delivering a sophisticated synergy of flavors that both purists and modern palates can appreciate.

Method
How to make a Vesper Dry Martini

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Begin by adding all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice
Secure the lid tightly on the shaker
Vigorously shake the mixture for about 10-15 seconds, or until the exterior of the shaker feels cold and frosted to the touch
Using a fine strainer, meticulously strain the cocktail into a glass that's been pre-chilled, ensuring a smoother drink
Finally, if desired, garnish your drink to enhance both its appearance and flavor

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Shake  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the history behind the Vesper Dry Martini?

The Vesper Dry Martini first gained popularity through Ian Fleming's 1953 novel 'Casino Royale,' where it was specially created by the fictional character James Bond. Bond gives a detailed recipe of the cocktail, which includes gin, vodka, and Kina Lillet (a wine aperitif), and famously specifies that it should be 'shaken, not stirred.' Over time, the Kina Lillet was replaced with Lillet Blanc, as the original formulation is no longer available.

FAQ

Why is it called a 'Vesper' Martini?

The Vesper Martini is named after Vesper Lynd, a fictional character in Ian Fleming's novel 'Casino Royale.' Vesper Lynd is the love interest of James Bond in the story, and the cocktail is named in her honor, representing a unique and personalized drink choice of Bond within the narrative.

FAQ

Can I replace Lillet Blanc with another ingredient?

Yes, although Lillet Blanc is the preferred ingredient for an authentic Vesper Martini, you can substitute it with other similar fortified wines such as dry vermouth or Cocchi Americano if Lillet Blanc is not available. Cocchi Americano, in particular, is recommended for those seeking a taste closer to the original Kina Lillet due to its bitter notes.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

What is the best way to serve a Vesper Dry Martini?

A Vesper Dry Martini should be served very cold but without shaking or stirring the mixture over ice, contrary to James Bond's famous preference. Pour the ingredients over ice in a mixing glass, gently mix them, then strain the cocktail into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnishing with a thin slice of lemon peel adds to the aroma and presentation of the drink.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

Is the Vesper Dry Martini considered a strong cocktail?

Yes, the Vesper Dry Martini is considered a strong cocktail due to its high alcohol content, which averages around 37.44%. It consists mainly of spirits with little to no dilution, making it a strong choice for those who appreciate a potent and flavorful cocktail.

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