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Here it is – my first cocktail attempt of 2009! Oh, and what a sad, sad attempt this was. But it looks pretty in this picture, oui? Or no?

my poor cocktail
my poor cocktail

The correct answer is (sigh) no. That bottle of gin is pretty. That bottle of Lillet is pretty too. But their powers combined + vodka, stirred together in a jelly jar (no cocktail shaker yet!) by an amateur with a very bad cold and then strained and garnished (ugh, weak little garnish). It was not pretty. It was not tasty. It tasted like medicine. Actually, it tasted like straight gin. Not a hint of delicious Lillet. But I don’t blame the cocktail. I only realized I was having issues with my tastebuds an hour or so later when I rendered a bowl of guacamole inedible with lavish amounts of salt, pepper and lemon. I probably shouldn’t have tried to make the Vesper while sick. I probably shouldn’t be drinking while sick, but what can you do?

The Vesper

  • 3 parts gin
  • 1 part vodka
  • 1/2 part Lillet Blanc or dry vermouth
  • Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled shaker, and shake until icy cold. Strain into a glass and add a large, thin slice of lemon peel.

    Additional Info: The Vesper was invented by Ian Fleming in his 1953 novel, James Bond novel, Casino Royale, excerpted below:

    “A dry martini,” [Bond] said. “One. In a deep champagne goblet.”

    “Oui, monsieur.”

    “Just a moment. Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?”

    “Certainly, monsieur.” The barman seemed pleased with the idea.

    “Gosh, that’s certainly a drink,” said Leiter.

    Bond laughed. “When I’m…er…concentrating,” he explained, “I never have more than one drink before dinner. But I do like that one to be large and very strong and very cold and very well-made. I hate small portions of anything, particularly when they taste bad. This drink’s my own invention. I’m going to patent it when I can think of a good name.”


    Written by rarface

    January 15, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Posted in drinks, recipes

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    1. gin and vod sound like an awful combination… even worse if you throw in vermouth… dont try this one again. leave it to bond, i say.


      January 18, 2009 at 8:46 pm

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