My Home Bar: Bond Cocktail, The Vesper

I have been singing the Skyfall song since the beginning of October, so I am thrilled it is finally playing in theaters.

[Photograph: Paul Clarke]
In honor of Mr. Bond himself – and since I couldn’t find any cocktails named Goldfinger or Octopussy – I give to you, The Vesper.

From Serious Eats:


Yield: 1 (or more prudently, 2)
Active time: 1 minute
Total time: 1 minute
Special equipment: mixing glass, strainer (or to be more Bond-ian, a cocktail shaker)


  • 3 ounces London dry gin
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1/2 ounce Lillet or Cocchi Aperitivo Americano
  • wide strip of lemon zest, for garnish


1. Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir well until chilled, about 20 seconds, and strain into chilled cocktail glass. (Or if you want to go the full Bond route, use a cocktail shaker, shaking with ice for about 10 seconds — it’ll make a more bubbly, cloudy drink, but that’s up to you). Squeeze a wide strip of lemon zest over the drink and use as garnish.

Seriously guys, I made this when we saw Quantum of Solace last year and I have to tell you, Lillet is my favorite singular mix-in for a martini. It’s like biting into an alcoholic but subtle-tasting pear.


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