A drink made famous by the greatest spy of all time, his name is Bond, James Bond. He first orders the Vesper in Ian Fleming’s 1953 novel Casino Royal. He tells the barman “Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake in very well until it’s ice-cold. Then add a large thin slice of lemon peel Got it?” Fleming invented and named the drink after the novel’s heroine and Bond’s love interest.
Kina Lillet is no longer in production, its best substitute is Cocchi Americano or for a less bitter flavor Lillet Blanc can be used. The Corpse Reviver No. 2 is another classic that also uses Lillet Blanc.
APÉRITIF WINE, Preferably Lillet Blanc or Cocchi Americano
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