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Vesper Cocktail

Prep Time:
5 mins

Chef notes

From martinis to Champagne to a classic scotch and soda, James Bond created icons across the world of beverage that still live large today — especially during our favorite festive times. One of the lesser known is the Vesper, which was originally made with Kina Lillet, which is no longer in production today, so today, Lillet Blanc is the best substitute (and probably more palatable for most, as quinine isn't so popular a flavor these days!).

Technique tip: While the general rule is to stir spirit-forward cocktails, I suggest shaking this one to make it icy-cold and also get a little water in the mix.

Swap option: You can swap out the Lillet Blanc for Cocchi Americano, which carries the bitter note of the James Bond-era Kina Lillet if you're looking for something closer to the original (but definitely more bitter!).

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  • 3 ounces gin
  • 1/2 ounce Lillet Blanc
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 lemon peel twist, to garnish



Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake.


Pour shaken ingredients into glass.


Add lemon peel twist for garnish.