Vesper Martini Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Vesper Martini was first introduced in Ian Fleming's 1953 novel, Casino Royale, where James Bond famously requests the drink to be 'shaken, not stirred'. The cocktail was named after Bond's love interest, Vesper Lynd. It has since become a classic cocktail, enjoyed by many who appreciate its unique combination of ingredients and strong, sophisticated taste.

  • Created by Ian Fleming in the 1950s
  • Named after a character in Casino Royale
  • A classic cocktail with a strong, sophisticated taste

How Vesper Martini Tastes?

The Vesper Martini has a strong, bold, and slightly bitter taste with a smooth, silky finish. The combination of gin, vodka, and Lillet Blanc creates a complex, well-balanced flavor profile that is both refreshing and invigorating.

Interesting facts about Vesper Martini

  • The Vesper Martini was originally made with Kina Lillet, which is no longer available. Lillet Blanc is now used as a substitute.
  • The cocktail is sometimes referred to as the 'James Bond Martini' due to its association with the famous spy.
  • The Vesper Martini is traditionally garnished with a lemon twist, adding a touch of citrus to the overall flavor.


A few good options for Vesper Martini are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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A few good options for Vesper Martini are:

  • Tanqueray Gin
  • Roku Japanese Gin

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  • Why 3 oz?: Gin is the backbone of this drink, providing floral and botanical flavors. It's the dominant spirit in the cocktail, ensuring that the Vesper remains closer to its martini roots.
  • Flavor and Effects: Gin's complex botanicals add depth. Without it, you'd lose the soul of the drink. Too much, and it might overpower the other ingredients.
  • Alternatives: You could swap in a different gin for a twist on the profile, but avoid heavily flavored ones that could conflict with the vodka's cleanness.

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  • Why 1 oz?: Vodka strengthens the drink without adding much flavor, keeping it potent but refined.
  • Flavor and Effects: Provides a smooth backdrop. If omitted, the drink would be less robust. Too much can make it overly alcoholic without adding complexity.
  • Alternatives: A flavored vodka could add a subtle twist but may steer the cocktail away from its classic taste.

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Lillet Blanc

  • Why 0.5 oz?: Lillet Blanc offers a light, slightly sweet and citrusy counterbalance to the dryness of the gin and vodka.
  • Flavor and Effects: It softens the drink's edges. Eliminate it, and the cocktail may be too sharp. Too much could make the drink overly sweet and wine-forward.
  • Alternatives: The original recipe called for Kina Lillet, which is no longer available. You can substitute other aromatic white vermouths but expect a slightly different taste.

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Lemon Twist

  • Why just a twist?: A hint of lemon oil from the twist gives a fresh, zesty finish and a fragrant nose without overwhelming the drink.
  • Flavor and Effects: Adds aromatic brightness. Without it, the cocktail might feel a bit flat. An excessive amount could make it too citrusy.
  • Alternatives: An orange twist could add a different citrus note, changing the aromatic dynamics but keeping the cocktail in the same family.

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Recipe. How to make Vesper Martini Drink

  1. Fill a mixing glass with ice
  2. Add 3 oz of gin, 1 oz of vodka, and 0.5 oz of Lillet Blanc
  3. Stir the ingredients together until well chilled
  4. Strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass
  5. Garnish with a lemon twist

Pro Tips

  • Shake the cocktail to get a perfect blend of flavors.
  • Use a high-quality gin for the best taste.
  • Chill the martini glass before pouring the cocktail for a refreshing drink.

Perfect Pairings


  • Sushi: The clean, crisp taste of the Vesper Martini cuts through the richness of the fish, particularly with fatty tuna.
  • Oysters: The mineral quality of oysters complemented by the botanicals in gin makes for an exquisite match.
  • Caviar: The salty pop of caviar on a blini is balanced by the smooth, strong flavors of the cocktail.

Main Courses

  • Grilled Salmon: The Vesper's citrus notes will nicely enhance the charred flavors of the salmon.
  • Chicken Piccata: The lemon twist garnish echoes the lemony sauce of the dish, providing a seamless pairing.


  • Goat Cheese: The tanginess of goat cheese is a nice counterpoint to the herbal qualities of the martini.

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What you could change in Vesper Martini

  • Gin: A good quality dry gin can be substituted.
  • Vodka: You can use any clear vodka.
  • Lillet Blanc: If not available, you can use a dry vermouth.
  • Lemon twist: An orange twist can be used for a different flavor.

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Cucumber Vesper

  • Ingredients: Substitute 0.5 oz of the gin with cucumber-infused gin.
  • Recipe: Follow the original Vesper recipe but add the cucumber-infused gin with the vodka and Lillet Blanc.
  • Taste: Adds a refreshing, cooling element that contrasts the alcohol's warmth, providing a garden-fresh twist.

Rosé Vesper

  • Ingredients: Replace Lillet Blanc with a dry rosé wine.
  • Recipe: Use the dry rosé wine in place of Lillet Blanc and mix as usual.
  • Taste: This will add a floral and berry fruitiness to the cocktail, giving it a blush color and a more laid-back, summery vibe.

Amaro Vesper

  • Ingredients: Add a bar spoon of Amaro to the classic recipe.
  • Recipe: Include the Amaro with the other ingredients and stir.
  • Taste: Introduces a bitter complexity that plays well with the botanical gin and smooth vodka, great for those looking for a bitter edge.

In case you forgot basics how to make Vesper Martini

Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Vesper Martini

What other cocktails are similar to the Vesper Martini?

The Vesper Martini is quite unique due to its blend of gin and vodka, but the classic Martini and the Dirty Martini are somewhat similar. They generally have gin and vermouth, and olives for garnish instead of a lemon twist.

Why is it important to use a high-quality gin in this cocktail?

High-quality gin has a more refined and complex flavor profile with a smoother finish. Using a superior gin can significantly improve the taste of the cocktail.

Why is the Vesper Martini shaken and not stirred?

Shaking a cocktail with ice can chill it more quickly, and also helps to meld the flavors together more completely. However, the line 'shaken, not stirred' is mostly famous due to its association with James Bond!

Can I prepare a non-alcoholic version of the Vesper Martini?

Yes, there are non-alcoholic versions of this cocktail, also known as 'mocktails'. You would substitute the alcoholic ingredients with non-alcoholic alternatives that mimic the flavour. For example, the gin could be replaced with a non-alcoholic botanical drink.

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