The Vesper Martini

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After watching Casino Royale I decided I wanted to make the Vesper martini that Bond orders in the movie.

3 measures of Gordons, 1 of Vodka, Half a measure of Kina Lillet.

So I present:



Afterthoughts...

Bond is one tough mofo.

Jesus Christ this shit is strong.

Works out around 4-5 standard drinks per glass.
 
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technically you cant get kina lillet anymore. I used Lillet Blanc, which I had to get shipped from Vic, cost me $50 delivered
 

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Having paid that much I hope you didn't fuck it up by stirring it! ;)
 

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Problem is that Lillet blanc is not kina lillet. Kina lillet had an astringency that lillet blanc doesn't have. To achieve this, you should add a dash of bitters or a tiny bit of quinine powder if you can find it.

Also, Gordon's has since been diluted to 80 proof. Tanqueray is a bit closer.
http://www.suite101.com/content/the-vesper-martini-a75966
 

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Problem is that Lillet blanc is not kina lillet. Kina lillet had an astringency that lillet blanc doesn't have. To achieve this, you should add a dash of bitters or a tiny bit of quinine powder if you can find it.

Also, Gordon's has since been diluted to 80 proof. Tanqueray is a bit closer.
http://www.suite101.com/content/the-vesper-martini-a75966
Agreed. Gordons is some watery shit (the stuff they sell here is 74 proof) - gotta go for a tanqueray no 10 for a martini, despite what bond's sponsorship deal with gordons will imply. Also, you can do far better than smirnoff.... but I don't fancy myself to be a vodka expert - I usually stick to real martinis, without the vesper part.

Having paid that much I hope you didn't fuck it up by stirring it! ;)
The irony here being that a stirred martini is far better than a shaken one.
 

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I've wanted to try this for a while but it is a bit expensive of an ingredients list for a drink I probably won't like to begin with.
 

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yeah its quite expensive all up. around $150 Aud worth of ingredients.....

I didnt have mine with the bitters which may be the go for next time.

I personally thought the taste was meh. sorta like drinking straight vodka tbh.
 

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I fail to see how this is that much stronger than a real Martini?
 

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Sorry to bring this back from the dead but I've never been in this section of the forum before.

Wikipedia points out that a lot of the ingredients of the Vesper have changed their formulas since Casino Royale was written in 1953 and gives some tips on how to make a Vesper that tastes like the original would have-

Since both Kina Lillet and Gordon's have been reformulated since 1953, substitutes can be made that attempt to recapture the original flavour of the drink:

To recreate the original bitter flavour of Kina Lillet, add a dash or two of orange bitters, Angostura bitters, add a pinch (1/16 of a teaspoon) of quinine powder or use a mix of Lillet and the bitter China Martini, which also turns the drink light golden, as described in the book.

Alternatively, it has been pointed out that Cocchi Americano has a similar flavor profile to the classic Kina Lillet and is an acceptable substitute.

For a more traditional flavour, use 100-proof Stolichnaya vodka to bring the alcohol content of the vodka back to 1953 levels.

Likewise, Tanqueray gin provides the traditional flavour of 94-proof gin; whereas Gordon's Gin was reformulated to less than 80-proof.

A modern cocktail glass, which is larger today than was common in 1953, is often substituted for the deep Champagne goblet (see Champagne stemware for the original look of the drink)
 
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