The Vesper is James Bond’s trademark vodka martini from Casino Royale, and I can’t believe I haven’t featured it before now. It’s actually not the traditional vodka martini Bond usually favors.

Vesper drink recipe: Gordon's Gin, Stolichnaya Blue, Kina Lillet

This drink recipe calls for two ingredients that have been reformulated or are now unavailable, so I’ve listed substitutions. Now, here’s the bad news: it’s not a well-loved drink. In fact, Bond never orders another one in the books. I suggest going with 1 ounce of gin and 3 ounces of vodka to balance the flavors better. (If you love gin, equal proportions work well, too.)

Vesper drink recipe: Gordon's Gin, Stolichnaya Blue, Kina Lillet


  • 3 ounces Gordon’s Gin (try Tanqueray #10 instead)
  • 1 ounce vodka (Stolichnaya Blue is ideal)
  • 1/2 ounce Kina Lillet (no longer available; try Cocchi Americano)

Fill a shaker with ice and pour in the ingredients. Shake until it’s ice cold and strain the mixture into a champagne saucer). Garnish with a slice of lemon.

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