The column that we’re launching today is dedicated to all those who like to mix their own cocktails, constantly in the pursue of something unusual to surprise friends with, a lesser known and yet fascinating drink perhaps.

The cocktail that we’re going to explore today is the Vesper (or Vesper Martini), which appeared for the first time on the counter of an imaginary bar in a Ian Fleming book “Casino Royale”. Indeed it was James Bond the one that asked a surprised barman to prepare the iconic drink and again it was the 007 himself the one that spelled out the exact recipe.

Three parts of gin (Gordon’s is perfectly suitable), one part of vodka and half of Kina Lillet, an old-fashioned vermouth that no longer exists but that can be replaced with Lillet Blanc.

Two key-details that you better not forget: the cocktail needs to be shaken, not stirred, and as a final touch you need to lay a lemon peel on top. James Bond has named this literary drink ‘Vesper Lynd’, which is also the name of the fascinating Bond Girl that in the 2006 film adaptation was played by the stunning Eva Green.

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