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Vespa Martini

Vespa Martini
Vespa Martini

This is my favourite Cocktail, it’s a strong one so don’t plan on drinking too many, otherwise plan a day in bed the following day..

The drink was invented and named by fictional secret agent James Bond in Casino Royale.

“A dry martini,” [Bond] said. “One. In a deep champagne goblet.”
“Oui, monsieur.”
“Just a moment. Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?”
“Certainly, monsieur.” The barman seemed pleased with the idea.
“Gosh, that’s certainly a drink,” said Leiter.
Bond laughed. “When I’m…er…concentrating,” he explained, “I never have more than one drink before dinner. But I do like that one to be large and very strong and very cold and very well-made. I hate small portions of anything, particularly when they taste bad. This drink’s my own invention. I’m going to patent it when I can think of a good name.”
Ian Fleming, Casino Royale


  • 3 measures (75 ml) 90% Proof Dry Gin
  • 1 measure (25 ml) 100% Proof Vodka (normally branded as Blue)
  • 1/2 measure (12.5ml) Lillet Blanc (Kina brand was reformulated in the  1980’s, to remove the Quinine and other bitter flavours. Lillet Blanc is the nearest substitute, although it’s a bit sweeter)
  • 1 thin slice of lemon zest


  1. Shake over ice until well chilled
  2. Strain into a deep Martini glass
  3. Garnish with the Lemon Zest
  4. Drink (responsibly)…….

Wear your best Dress Suit and Black Tie to complete the ‘James Bond’ experience…..

My name? Bond, James Bond!