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Most of us associate a dry martini — shaken, not stirred — with the iconic secret agent, James Bond.  However, Bond’s first drink was a variation of the martini, a drink he called a “Vesper.”

In the novel Casino Royal, Bond directs the bartender to give him “…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?” the drink was later named a Vesper.

Because Kina Lillet is no longer in production, the recipe for the Vesper has been altered.  The following is not a bad substitute.

The Vesper

  1. 3 Ounces Gordon’s Gin
  2. 1 Ounce Vodka
  3. 1/2 Ounce Lillet Blanc
  4. Lemon Peel
  5. Ice

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add the gin, vodka, and Lillet Blanc. Shake until ice-cold and strain into a chilled champagne flute or Martini glass.  Garnish with a large, thin slice of lemon peel. “Got it?”

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Joseph C. Phillips

Joseph C. Phillips was born on January 17, 1962 in Denver, Colorado, USA as Joseph Connor Phillips. He is an actor, known for General Hospital (1994), The Cosby Show (1984) and Strictly Business (1991). He has been married to Nicole since 1994. They have three children.

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