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The Vesper Cocktail: A Super Strong Martini Best Served Stirred NOT Shaken!

For those who like Vodka Martinis but want something that will blow your socks off, try a Vesper Cocktail. Famously introduced by James Bond in Ian Fleming’s novel “Casino Royale,” a Vesper Cocktail consists of gin, vodka, and Lillet Blanc. Now, when you think of James Bond ordering a cocktail, you probably think of the famous line “shaken, not stirred.” Well, contrary to this, it’s actually better to stir a Vesper cocktail rather than shake it as this results in a much clearer, more elegant drink. Here’s how to make a Vesper Cocktail.

Vesper Cocktail Recipe

Recipe by BeverageBeaver
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A Vesper cocktail is a potent blend of gin, vodka, and Lillet Blanc, garnished with a lemon twist.


  • 3 oz Gin

  • 1 oz Vodka

  • 0.5 oz Lillet Blanc

  • Lemon Twist For Garnish


  • Fill a mixing glass with ice cubes.
  • Pour in the gin, vodka, and Lillet Blanc.
  • Stir gently for about 15-20 seconds until it is well mixed and thoroughly chilled.
  • Using a cocktail strainer, strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass.
  • Peel 2-3 inches of lemon peel and twist/pinch it over the drink to release the oils.
  • Drop the lemon twist in the drink and serve.

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