The Vesper Martini

Staff Writer
The Vesper Martini
Grilled Nectarines

It's no secret that James Bond loves to drink, but while the "shaken, not stirred" order gets all the attention, the Vesper Martini has become just as much of a cult classic. The Vesper Martini is an original James Bond cocktail created by the author of the Bond series, Ian Fleming. In the book, Casino Royale, written in 1953, Mr. Bond orders a very specific martini — three parts gin, one part vodka, and ½ a part Lillet — otherwise known as the Vesper Martini. This drink has gone on to achieve some fame of its own. It has become of staple in bars everywhere, including The NoMad Hotel — current New York hot spot. Leo Robitschek, beverage director of The NoMad Hotel, gave us his variation on the Vesper.

Deliver Ingredients


  • 1/2 part Cocchi Apperitivo
  • 1 part Absolut Vodka
  • 2 parts Beefeater Dry


Build all ingredients in a tall glass. Add ice and stir vigorously. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a lemon peel.

Martini Shopping Tip

Buy your booze in bulk – transfer what you need into smaller bottles to stock your bar – you’ll save money and have enough leftover for your next party.

Martini Cooking Tip

Add another layer of flavor to your cocktails by making your own simple syrup – combine equal parts sugar and water with whatever aromatics you like – fresh herbs, whole spices, citrus, or chile peppers – heat to dissolve sugar and strain before using.